Rather, it’s about not allowing people to draw moral distinctions that exclude others and hurt their feelings, no matter what the justification.
That’s what the florist was doing in my hypothetical case—and that, I think, was what bothered the students. It tells us that these students do not recognize any reality higher than the desires of individuals. Before I met the woman who was to be my wife, I was starting to fall for a non-practicing Jewish woman I knew. She was beautiful, smart, funny, charming — really, a delight in every way. But I forced myself not to act on my feelings, because by then my Christian faith had become of central importance to me, and I knew that it would be very difficult to sustain a marriage (if it got to that point) with only one of us believing in the Christian faith, or God, period.
The proportion of Jews who say they have no religion and are Jewish only on the basis of ancestry, ethnicity or culture is growing rapidly, and two-thirds of them are not raising their children Jewish at all.
Overall, the intermarriage rate is at 58 percent, up from 43 percent in 1990 and 17 percent in 1970.
Most American Jewish Millennials have become integrated into the communities around them—they “are the most financially successful, the people with the most political access, the most culturally integrated,” Gordis said.