Since the early 1960s, the rates of Jewish intermarriage have mushroomed, increasing tenfold. With extremely low birthrates and large numbers of Jewish people no longer identifying with the religion of Judaism – we are facing a grave demographic challenge. Many Jews are uncomfortable talking, or even thinking, about intermarriage – but this approach won’t make it go away. Many parents find it nearly impossible to convince their children that marrying within the faith is essential. Is there any hope for us?
With clarity and sensitivity, Rabbi Michael Skobac tackles the intermarriage issue head-on and then shows that focusing the discussion on why Jews shouldn’t intermarry is both misguided and ineffective. The intermarriage issue must be seen in the broader context in which intermarriage is not the problem but the symptom of a larger, more critical issue. We can only see light at the end of the tunnel if we stay focused on this ultimate issue. Intermarriage: Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel was written to help shed more light and less heat on our community’s necessary conversation about intermarriage.