…Marriage in general, even between two people of similar background, entails a certain risk as to eventual adjustment and compatibility. Even if the two have been acquainted for some time there is no sure guarantee as to what the relationship will be like when the acquaintance is turned into a marriage, where the two will be thrown together under one roof for 24 hours a day, day after day and week after week. But when the backgrounds are entirely different, and where these differences date back for scores of generations – and are consequently of a deep and lasting quality – the chances of adjustment and compatibility are so negligible as to be almost non-existent. Especially where the differences are of a definitely antagonistic and hostile nature, as has been evidenced by the pogroms and persecutions of Jews in every land where Jews sojourned in the past 2,000 years. Moreover, modern science recognises the hereditary nature of character traits, particularly deeply rooted ones developed over generations.
Intermarriage usually results, sooner or later, in endless friction and unhappiness. That a casual, or even more serious, kind of relationship seemed in the past to indicate compatibility, is no proof that it would be so ever after in a marriage situation. On the contrary, it is inevitable that two people of such divergent backgrounds, one descending from generations of oppressed and victimised people the other from the world of the oppressors and predacious, should be affected by hereditary forces.…
Posted on Chabad.org from a book, Key Jewish F.A.Q.'s, by Rabbi Nissan Dovid Dubov, published by AskMoses.com, Chabad's ask the "rabbi" website. Rabbi Dubov is director of Chabad Lubavitch in Wimbledon, UK.
So is that the story? Do genetics cause the failure of the vast majority of intermarriages?
Of course not. While intermarried couples are more likely to divorce, the vast majority of intermarriages do not fail.
So what do we have?
Racism, Chabad-style, that's what we have.
If you want to see Chabad's ultimate source for this misuse of genetics, check out the Tanya, the so-called "bible" of Chabad hasidut, where you will 'learn' that a non-Jew's soul is somehow less human than a Jew's soul. (Perhaps less fulfilled is a better term, a la Ann Coulter, with the added caveat that it can never be "fulfilled" unless the non-Jew converts to Orthodox Judaism, and with the additional caveat that the non-Jew must do this conversion without being missionized and without any selfish or ulterior motives – in other words, Ann Coulter squared and then squared again.)
Imagine if a non-Jew wrote the following paragraph:
Marriage between one of us and a Jew is doomed to failure. Jews are so very different from us. They are antagonistic to our culture and our religion. And they're very stubborn – you can take a Jew out of his community but you can't take the Jew out of himself. He'll still be stubborn and stiff-necked. He'll still reject our deepest held values. And it really isn't his fault – he's descended from people just like him, Jews, the people who killed our Lord. It's in his blood, in his genes – he cannot change it.
Why, if a non-Jewish religious leader published that you'd call him an antisemite or worse.
So why do many Jews think its okay for Jews – in this case, Chabad – to publish racist material in the name of Judaism?
Sources in PDF, just in case Chabad.org decides to clean up its website:
[Hat Tip: Mordechai.]