Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy (15 August 2017, 23 Av, 5777)
Can a Bangladeshi boy marry an Israeli Jewish girl?
According to the Jewish religion non-Jews cannot marry Jews. If the non-Jew converts to Orthodox Judaism there is not a problem, or at least less of one. Marriages between Jews and non-Jews are not legal inside Israel though they do take place.
I understand that Islam has a similar attitude. Bangladesh is a Muslim country and so the Muslim boy would probably require the Jewish girl to become Muslim. In Israel Jewish girls sometimes become Muslims in order to marry Arab men. The marriages usually do not work out well.
I myself, though Jewish, am the offspring of a mixed union. I therefore sympathize with the predicament. Nevertheless, we are not our own masters. We belong to something beyond ourselves. This is how things are and we should make the best of it. It can be positive. Who says we all have to be the same? Who says we all have to marry each other? Are all restrictions negative? In some countries (e.g. Germany) they are already lobbying to allow brothers to marry sisters. Is that a good thing?
Deuteronomy 7 (NASB):
Â 3 Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons. 4 For they will turn your ]sons away from following Me to serve other gods; then the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you and He will quickly destroy you.