(Closed) Why is it so impossible to get a rabbi to marrry us?

posted 9 years ago in Interfaith
Post # 32
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Bee Keeper

@ladyox: Isn’t Judaism also a race?  So couldn’t a person of a certain race still conceivably be Jewish?

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@MightySapphire: Again, speaking only for myself, Judaism is a religion, some would say it’s cultural (and it definitely has it’s own cultures and traditions) and some argue it’s a nationality, but I don’t consider it a race since race isn’t tied to religion but being a Jew is.  I consider race the boxes we mark on the census – caucasian, hispanic, african-american, asian.  There aren’t boxes for Catholic, Jew, Christian, Muslim… 

But yes, people of all races, shapes, sizes, colors, etc can be and are Jewish, but Jews don’t believe that Jesus is the Messiah. Period.  So Jews for Jesus and Messianic Jews are really just Christians who rely heavily on the teachings of the Old Testament which is the basis for both religions. 

Post # 34
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@2dBride: Thank you – that’s just what I wanted to know.

Post # 35
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@missbliss: I agree that Jews for Jesus and Messianic Jews are not necessarily Jews just because its in their name. 

They seem to me to be Christians who are very knowledgeable about and observe the rites of the Old Testament.  This is not inconsistent with Christianity.  They also believe Jesus was the Messiah, however, which is completely inconsistent with Judaism.  Therefore, they seem to me to be Christians that celebrate Jewish holidays and embrace Jewish culture and ceremony.

 

 

Post # 36
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Wannabee

@kfricke89: A Jewish wedding does not need a Rabbi BUT since it entails being married under the laws given to Moses, both persons need to be members of that nation for it to be a Jewish wedding.

Someone who studied in Rabbinic school can provide something similar and meaningful.Smile

Post # 37
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Wannabee

@kitzy: Statistically, the majority of Reform Rabbis will not participate as Clergy in a ceremony where both partners are not Jewish. This might be the case because the Reform establishment is becoming increasingly traditional in their practice.

Post # 38
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@popover: well said

Post # 39
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My Fiance and I are using Rabbi Block http://rabbionthego.com/ his fee is $1000 but sooo worth it. I don’t know if he travels to other areas (we are in DC metro). He is super nice and seems to specialize in interfaith weddings.

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