The Biblical position on exogamous marriage is somewhat ambiguous; that is, except in relation to intermarriage with a Canaanite, which the majority of the Israelite patriarchs are depicted as criticising.The principle is essentially a general one, and the deuteronomic explanation doesn't clarify why it singles out the Canaanites in particular; one of the Talmudic writers took it to forbid all intermarriage with non-Jewish nations.I’ve brought my children to shul over the years much as possible, and tried my best to foster in them the desire to embrace and continue their involvement in the Jewish faith, but has it all been for naught?I want all the future generations of my line, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc., whether I live to see them or not (I’m 55 and in good health overall) to live as Jews and continue the faith on down my line. ” It’s one of my favorite stories from the brilliant mind of Theodor Geisel (aka Dr.The laws of yichud are typically followed by Orthodox Jews.Adherents of Conservative and Reform Judaism do not generally abide by the laws of yichud.- For it is written: If thy brother, the son of thy mother, entices thee [etc.]: does then only a mother's son entice, and not a father's son?
A person who is present in order to prevent yichud is called a shomer.In Vayikra Chapter 25 verse 17, the Torah commands: “And you shall not hurt (the feelings of) one another and you shall fear Hashem, for I, Hashem, am thy Lord.” Rav Hirsch explains that since the prohibition in an earlier verse (14) refers to hurting another financially, this verse cannot possibly mean the same.Therefore, Rav Hirsch concludes that it is an extension of the prohibition of hurting someone in business dealings, which includes the prohibition of hurting someone’s feelings either by words or by deeds. Don't bother with the formalities of which parent determines whether the child is Jewish; they're not relevant at this stage. As long as one maintains his/her moral behavior, one is allowed to have good friends of all sexes and of all kinds. That end of the process is, indeed, against Jewish law; a) - we are a small people, and being Jewish is, inter alia, an all-encompassing way of concrete living - if we intermarry, we disappear, and our way of life goes with it; b) - a great deal of Jewish living centers around the home and the family, and an individual Jew will not be able to live those meaningfully together with a spouse who is not Jewish. Unless you are speaking of a young Jewish woman who has been filled with formal notions about what is or is not written, and has not internalized - or cannot convey to her non-Jewish friend - an intelligent understanding and insight into how real life works, with wisdom and sensitivity.