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.Among the public statements issued by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week were repeated claims about the strength of the country’s economy and adamant insistence the international community acknowledge Israel’s status as a “Jewish state.” But, what stood out most was a statement made by one of Netanyahu’s aides denying the Prime Minister’s 23-year-old son Yair was dating a 25-year-old woman from Norway.There is only one reason that, in 2014, Israel’s head of state would be required to respond to reports that his son is in a romantic relationship with another consenting adult: the woman in question is not Jewish.Debates about intermarriage, or marriage outside of the faith, are common in the Jewish community, but her question still struck me as remarkable.Here were four twentysomething women who hardly knew each other, already talking about the eventuality of marriage and apparently radical possibility that we would ever commit our lives to someone unlike us.In Israel, any Jewish person who dates a non-Jew is not only bucking serious social pressure to date within the community, but also heading toward direct collision with the state, which does not permit so-called mixed marriages.Naturally, a person with as much money and power as Yair Netanyahu can easily circumvent the legal hurdles put in place to prevent miscegenation.
Also, if we leave our hair natural and you say it looks "frizzy" when it's actually just curly (there is a difference!
I'm pretty sure Jewish girls are a species all their own. They have years and years of inside jokes that they can convey with just a look. My cousin probably knows your sister's best friend. Unless you want to have second dinner at like 10 p.m.?
Some of the stuff that we do would not be considered normal in "the real world," aka around non-Jews. For some reason, our hair seems to be a lot frizzier than everyone else's.
This conversation seemed very “un-Millennial”–as a whole, our generation is marrying later, becoming more secular, and embracing different cultures more than any of our predecessors.
If the same question had been asked about any other aspect of our shared identities–being white, being educated, coming from middle or upper-middle class backgrounds—it would have seemed impolite, if not offensive.