Judaism beliefs on interracial dating
I thought to myself involuntarily, Yes, Joseph’s whole world transformed, as Rabbi Turtletaub would say, ‘in the blink of an eye.’ And at that moment, I let go. Gayle began to learn Hebrew and take classes at the Orthodox synagogue, which was becoming her spiritual home.
There is no place in the life of the Christian for favoritism based on race (James 2:1–10).You’re the One who put the idea in Gayle’s mind that we’d raise our son Jewish even as she continued directing the music for a church. Rabbi Turtletaub met with each of us together, and then privately. Then one Shabbat morning, for some reason, I felt I wanted to go. And sitting among hundreds of people, the rabbi’s words seemed tailored just for me. But like pieces of a puzzle, everything started to come together.He told me about other intermarried families he’d counseled, and how when the Jewish spouse became observant and the Christian spouse remained Christian, things often didn’t turn out so well. To my surprise, he insisted I shouldn’t give up hope at all. And that, as the Jewish sages say, everything can change “in the blink of an eye.” Top: Harold and Gayle at the first wedding ceremony. I snapped out of my reverie and looked back at the bench. Was I really going to wake up tomorrow and find everything changed? The rabbi described how, when Joseph is taken from jail, his prisoner clothes are exchanged for a new uniform, representing his dramatic change of status. We started to go to an Orthodox synagogue together on Shabbat, just to see what it would be like.For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? The Bible never says that interracial marriage is wrong.Anyone who forbids interracial marriage is doing so without biblical authority.It didn’t matter that she was passionately committed to the church while I had a lukewarm relationship with Judaism. Gayle growing up on the farm I sat on a bench outside the synagogue, trying to collect my thoughts. And she was more than willing to raise our son Jewish. I had already been going to classes at Aish for a year, which happened to be just down the street from the synagogue whose rabbi had made things sound hopeless.
My mind drifted to our courtship those many years ago. She just wasn’t sure she wanted to convert, that’s all. Discovering the beauty and depth of Torah at those classes was part of the tap on the shoulder I had felt.
And then – all of a sudden – things are “rushed,” things turn around completely. Little by little, we continued to learn and grow and move closer to Judaism and to each other.
Joseph’s story shows us that no matter what things looked like yesterday, today can be different. Gayle and I drew inspiration from the stories we read of ministers, priests and others who had traveled from great spiritual distances to become Orthodox Jews.
In fact, the biblical perspective is that there is only one “race”—the human race, with everyone having descended from Adam and Eve.
When selecting a mate, a Christian should first find out if the potential spouse is born again by faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:3–5).
This is exactly what happened in Israel, according to Malachi .