We have broken faith with our God, and have married foreign women ...let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them
- Ezra 10:2-3when Hitler came to power ... all such marriages and conversions were declared null and void by the Nazis - NJM
According to Orthodox law, a wife and daughters may not inherit any property of their husband or father unless there is a specific will left to that effect, while the husband and sons automatically inherit all property of the wife and mother. A woman's testimony is not accepted in a Jewish religious court. Woman is (sic) subjected to a number of other disabilities, discriminations, and humiliations. Jewish Orthodox religious law (Torah Law) treats the woman as an inferior being and openly says so. Fortunately, this has not been enforced in actual life even among Orthodox Jews in Western countries, where the Jewish woman has mostly enjoyed full equality with man and even a greater amount of respect and love within the family. But this was in Western countries where the woman lived under civil law of the Romans and Anglo-Saxons. Now that she lives under Torah Law, her position in Israel has reverted, at least in the sphere of marriage, divorce, aliminy, and inheritance controlled by the Rabbis, to pre-medievalism.
(7) Above all, Rabbinical control of marriage and the family in Israel introduces into the marital relationship a principle which, no matter how disguised in religious phraseology, is racial theory in practice. It is neither hidden nor disguised that the chief purpose of Rabbinical control of marriage is to maintain the "purity" of the Jewish group by preventing intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews, whether Arabs or Christians. This has been openly admitted by the leaders of the Religious Bloc in Israel (a combination of four political Orthodox religious parties) which is mostly responsible for the program of theocratization. Mr S. Z. Shragai, one of the leaders of the Bloc and its chief propagandist abroad, officially stated that the aim of the religious control of marriages was to make it impossible for "one section of the Jewish people in course of time when Arab standards will have been raised, to intermarry with them, become in fact a new Palestinian people and cease altogether to exist as Jewish people" (New Horizion, May 1949, and Commentary, June 1950). This theory has already led to some unbelievable acts. According to a report of the Religious News Service in this country earlier this year, the Israeli Department of Immigration does not admit couples of mixed marriages into Israel. This report was denied in an official statement of the Israeli Foreign Office. The "denial," however, confirmed the fact. It stated, in effect, that members of mixed marriages are not denied admission to Israel per se, but that since Israel is a country of immigration primarily for Jews, not for non-jews. Jewish members of a mixed marriage are admitted to the state without any formalities, while the non-Jewish members are referred to the usual immigration channels and are subjected to visas and quotas-which, in Israel, mean a wait of many years and a practical exclusion or separation of families. In some sections of the Orthodox press of Israel and in this country, articles have appeared actually demanding the deportation of non-Jewish wives now in Israel who entered illegally during the rush of immigration after the establishment of the state (new York Jewish Morning Journal, April 7, 1950).