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As an Orthodox Jew living in Jerusalem, it constantly strikes me that Judaism’s teachings are not just for Jews - at least they shouldn’t be.
Judaism is wisdom for living; anyone struggling to figure out life can benefit from it.
December, 2002 Reprinted with permission from the Forward.
When Jennifer signed on to JDate.com, an Internet service for Jewish singles, she had a certain guy in mind.
But I was intrigued enough to want to look into it.
“The more you have exposure to people of other faiths, the more likely you are to like them and then marry them yourself,” she said.
These "time bombs," lead to higher divorce rates (sometimes twice as high! With far fewer long-term problems to deal with, same-faith marriages have a much higher chance of being happy and successful than comparable intermarriages.
This is not surprising since practical issues can seriously affect a couple, despite their feelings for each other.
And because Christians aren’t obligated to follow most Jewish precepts, they are free to examine Jewish wisdom, extract what speaks to them, and make it their own.
Judaism has a radical approach to handling relationships that works brilliantly (it certainly did for my husband and I! While Christians needn't follow all of these guidelines, they can still benefit tremendously.