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“With American Jewish men brought up from the earliest age to pair up with Jewish women and still so many choose non Jewish mates perhaps Jewish women must reflect on what they might be doing to drive these men away.” For one, I know that my sense of humor is intimidating to men and women alike.
So I’m going to try to be less entertaining from now on.
We determined that no obstacle should prevent our union, and obstacles there were a-plenty as soon as our families learned our intention.'Child,' entreated my mother, who deep in her heart had always hoped that what she referred to as my superior intelligence, careful upbringing, talents, and attractiveness, would land me a husband well up in the social levels, ‘bethink yourself what this means.
Married to a Jew, you will be barred from certain circles.
Jennifer Marcus Crivella, a 43-year-old stay-at-home mother and former elementary school teacher, the only child of protective parents, was raised in Pittsburgh to date “only nice Jewish boys.” But as early as high school, the boy she really loved — now her husband — was Eric Crivella, 44, a Henry-Winkler-as-Fonzie lookalike.
“No matter what other boys I was seeing, I always wanted to be with Eric,” she said recently via speakerphone, while shuttling the couple’s children, Sydney, 3, and Tyler, 8, to play dates in the town of Katy, Texas, where the family lives.
Here we are then, Ben and I, a Jew and a German-American, married for four years, supremely happy, with a three-year-old son who has his father's quick brown eyes and my yellow hair.The practice of not “intermarrying” is in fact one of the oldest features of Judaism.It dates back to Abraham telling Eliezer, his servant, not to find a wife for his son from the Canaanites.They can say what they like about Germany, but democratic America is far from wholeheartedly accepting the Jews.Remember that Ben couldn't join a fraternity at his university.