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  1. I totally agree with views of Rabbi David Stav

    Comment by Benhur Bhastekar — November 13, 2013 @ 10:20 AM

  2. I totally agree with views of Rabbi David Stav

    Comment by Benhur Bhastekar — November 13, 2013 @ 10:20 AM

  3. I fully support Jews being herded into ghettos, as this would greatly diminish contact with non-Jews, and ensure intermarriage would be a rarity. I further support making intermarriage illegal, along with interreligious dating. This wouldn't be setting a precedent; the Nazis did exactly that in 1935 when they enacted the Nuremberg Laws, thus ensuring the purity of the Reich for its remaining 998 years. What a shonda it only lasted another 10. Nebech, nebech, nebech.

    Comment by Dan Silagi — November 13, 2013 @ 1:44 PM

  4. Mr. Jacob's assumptions that Conservatives and Reform Jews are leaders over all the communities is a bit skewed. There are increasing numbers (I see them and meet them every Shabbos and Yom Tovim) of Jews (and non-Jewish spouses) that are attending services and events at Chabad shuls across the world. The Pew Study, for example, neglects this huge factor – count the amount of ACTIVE Reform Temples and count the amount of ACTIVE Chabad Houses and get back to me. @Dan – not sure why YOU would advocate the return to ghettos. No need. Return to HaShem – that is a better and more sustainable option.

    Comment by Yosef Leib Ben Avraham — November 13, 2013 @ 2:29 PM

  5. It’s a Jewish problem. The problem is the same that has allowed every tragedy Jews have experienced–closeness with gentiles. If we do not stop taking the poison it will kill us.

    Comment by Shemaya Shiloh — November 13, 2013 @ 2:37 PM

  6. Intermarriage is a very bitter fruit that leads the bitter results.

    Comment by Katherine Hansvonrotesschildzitler — November 13, 2013 @ 3:24 PM

  7. Was she not married by an Orthodox rabbi? What is she now?

    Comment by Maurice J. Simon — November 13, 2013 @ 3:31 PM

  8. I agree that intermarriage between Jews & non-Jews could cause problems and the Jew might drift away from Torah. However, if a non-Jew is seriously devoted to the God of Israel like Ruth and other gentiles in the Bible that few are nowadays then the marriage would work well.

    Comment by Anonymous — November 13, 2013 @ 3:36 PM

  9. No one mentioned whether or not Chelsea CLinton converted to Judaism according to Halachah. If one truly accepts and is devoted to "The G-d of Israel-America Renaissance Institute (I-ARI) there should be no problem with the marriage!

    Comment by Barbara Chekroun — November 13, 2013 @ 4:32 PM

  10. JERKS – THAT HAPPENED TO THE JEWS BEFORE TO BE IN GHETTOS AGAIN..INTERMARRIAGE – ONLY TO CAUSE MONSTERS AND DISEASES LIKE WE'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. ANOTHER WAY TO WIPE OUT THE JEWS.

    Comment by Marlene Ray — November 13, 2013 @ 4:34 PM

  11. Wow that is one of the dumbest arguments I have ever seen. I know you must have some intermarriage in your family so I can sympathize but the Jewish people will never survive if we accept the reform way!

    Comment by Joseph Marmor — November 13, 2013 @ 4:47 PM

  12. There was no mention of any kind of conversion at the time.

    Comment by Gitta Zarum — November 13, 2013 @ 5:23 PM

  13. Biblically, paternity was the way to determine if the child was Jewish or not. In this case, their child would be Jewish inspite of Rabbinical Judaism, inspite of Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, reformed, unformed and any other form. Go by what the word of the L-rd says!!!! Nothing else matters.

    Comment by Maria Elena Arias Martinez — November 13, 2013 @ 6:54 PM

  14. Hopefully, that Clinton was baptized by the Reform or Conservative priest so that she can lay now claim of being Jewish.

    Her parents actions does not bring any benefits to Judaism or Israel so it is a moot point. We don't want them. HIllary kissed Suaha Arafat who claims her husband was killed by plutonium yet as a wife, wouldn't she have been exposed to it and so would Hillary, who kissed her and then BUIll and Monica Lewinsky. As you see, disease comes from the palestineans.

    Comment by Yechiel Baum — November 13, 2013 @ 7:44 PM

  15. The disease of intolerance comes from "Jews" like you, Yechiel.

    Comment by Dan Silagi — November 14, 2013 @ 12:20 AM

  16. I don't believe she was married by an orthodox rabbi, and to the best of my knowledge, she never converted.

    Comment by Dan Silagi — November 14, 2013 @ 12:21 AM

  17. Rabbi Stav has a bright future. This is the present in which Rabbi Jacobs lives his blessed life. Mazel tov for Richard! He is truly great and a real Rabbi. I am very proud to be in his blessed and golden region.

    Comment by Ileana Adriana Stan-Huss — November 14, 2013 @ 4:20 AM

  18. Rabbi Stav has a bright future. This is the present in which Rabbi Jacobs lives his blessed life. Mazel tov for Richard! He is truly great and a real Rabbi. I am very proud to be in his blessed and golden region.

    Comment by Ileana Adriana Stan-Huss — November 14, 2013 @ 4:20 AM

  19. One of the big lies is that there are more Reform and Conservative Jews in the states. One must count the amount of children in their "systems" versus Orthodox, because that's the future. Synagogue membership size isn't the most accurate criteria.

    Comment by Batya Spiegelman Medad — November 14, 2013 @ 6:00 AM

  20. I only know one thing that children of interfaith marriages usually become confused unless the mother and father are of the same faith.

    Comment by Sientje Seinen — November 14, 2013 @ 6:09 AM

  21. Dan Silagi it is true though, it was dreadful they way they treated Monica Lewinsky .

    Comment by Sientje Seinen — November 14, 2013 @ 6:10 AM

  22. Maria you need to learn …you are considered Jewish if you have a Jewish mother
    .Abraham made the covenant with Adonai,but Issac being born to Sarah is the Jewish geneological link…haplagroup k …tge "Ashkenazi gene mutation" is traced to one woman in the middle east 16,000 years ago…thst is both science and Judaism..The Cohen and Levy paternal inheritance only has to do with Jewish priest lineage…ask any rabbi..to be a Jew by blood is all about the mother…not paternal

    Comment by James Bloyd — November 14, 2013 @ 10:14 AM

  23. I think the issue here blurs reform and masorti as one unit…and the controversy would be solved if reform required conversion of the non Jewish party for marriage like conservative /masorti already do.tge point is raising mencshes.I have no problem with modern orthodox…but ultra orthodox I could argue are becoming an embarrassment ,not reflecting true Jewish values…the sodomy pedophilia scandals, rabbis impeding education, oppressing women,violent…this is what is not Jewish and why every masorti vote is important in Israel…jews are not in tge dark ages like Islamists…israel must be tge light of the world.i am worried about ultra orthodox non Jewish values ad much as reform Jewish marriage producing secular children

    Comment by James Bloyd — November 14, 2013 @ 10:21 AM

  24. In the early days Judiasm was patralineal. The reason it was changed was that before DNA testing and blood type testing, it was iimpossible to know scientifically who the father was. The same amount of genetic material comes from the father and the mother, so this has nothing to do with genetics, rather with the fatwas of hidebound rabbis who know nothing about science; if they did, they'd know the universe wasn't created in six days, and that it's a bit older than 5,774 years and two months.

    Comment by Dan Silagi — November 14, 2013 @ 12:45 PM

  25. I was never confused. I know I'm Jewish since my mother is Jewish.

    Comment by Debbie Hall — November 14, 2013 @ 1:16 PM

  26. and in all that time YY hasn't learned the fidderence between a news item and an op-ed piece. Either report the news and keep your opinions out of it, or write an op-ed and don't call it fact, but opinion

    Comment by Jeff Gross — November 14, 2013 @ 1:28 PM

  27. My Golden Retriever is as much a Jew, as Chelsea Clinton's, child.

    Comment by Anonymous — November 14, 2013 @ 2:51 PM

  28. I also totally agree with Rabbi Stav. If the Secular American Jews want to remain within the fold they have to play by the rules. If not they will go the way of all the nations of the world throughout history.

    Comment by Yaacov Taube — November 14, 2013 @ 4:09 PM

  29. She was married by a reform rabbi affiliated with Yale University. She had not converted prior to or, subsequent to, the wedding.

    Comment by Anonymous — November 15, 2013 @ 4:15 PM

  30. I bet he has no problem cashing donation checks from Conservative and Reform Jews.

    Comment by Ben Goldstein — November 17, 2013 @ 3:22 PM

  31. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/science/ashkenazi-origins-may-be-with-european-women-study-finds.html?_r=0

    Comment by Felix H. Alomar — November 17, 2013 @ 11:46 PM

  32. The finding establishes that the women who founded the Ashkenazi Jewish community of Europe were not from the Near East, as previously supposed, and reinforces the idea that many Jewish communities outside Israel were founded by single men who married and converted local women.

    Comment by Felix H. Alomar — November 17, 2013 @ 11:47 PM

  33. Felix, this study is disputed by many, and backed by many. The definitive answer has yet to be discovered.

    For linguistic and geographical reasons, I believe Ashkenazic Jews are of European descent, with perhaps a bit of Turkic descent thrown in. First, Ashkenazic Jews are supposed to have emigrated from what is now Israel to the Adriatic coast of Italy, places such as Bari. From there, they migrated over the Alps. All of this took place during the Dark Ages, when Europe was far less civilized than during the Roman Empire. If you think Hannibal had a hard time crossing the Alps, what about a bunch of families with little children and babies?

    Most likely, men from Khazaria invaded central and western Europe, impregnated the local women, and converted them to Judaism, along with many of the local men. In the early 800's, when Charlemagne the Great founded the Holy Roman Empire, most of these Jews were converted to Catholicism. Those who remained Jewish are today's Ashkenazic Jews.

    Of course, most central and Western Europeans have Visigoth, Nordic, Magyar, and other ancestry, because all these groups invaded.

    Religious Jews (and others) dispute this theory, because anti-Semites have used it as "proof" that Jews aren't entitled to live in Israel. They are as much entitled to live there as we are to live in the USA. Why? Because Israel fought and won four major wars and two minor ones to defend its homeland.

    Comment by Dan Silagi — November 18, 2013 @ 12:17 AM

  34. Let me say this very bluntly: There are no rules from God as to who is or who isn't Jewish. If you practice Judaism, you're Jewish, regardless if your name is O'Brien, Gambino, or Washington. Judiasm doesn't have a Pope who makes the rules. Israel has two chief rabbis who determine who is and who isn't Jewish in Israel, and a bunch of long-dead rabbis who made their own rules back in the day which to some Jews is the "law." I utterly reject Halacha.

    Comment by Dan Silagi — November 18, 2013 @ 7:53 AM

  35. The real problem is that we American Jews wish to impose the US form of Jeffersonian democracy on Israel and elsewhere. I am a proud Reform Jew and while I don't agree with Stav. I do understand it.

    Comment by Alan Greene — November 20, 2013 @ 1:26 PM

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