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2007.10.15

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Kerry

See, my mind went automatically to genetic bottlenecking and what they were doing to avoid inheritable illnesses.

enjil

I think the loophole is that they can marry any Orthodox Jew, not just other SYs, so the genepool stays a bit more heterogeneous.

Kerry

But it's only if you've got 3+ generations of Orthodox going down--I still think that's like the Iowa Amish marrying the PA Amish.

enjil

Ha, that is true. Maybe that "new influx" from Syria has given them a short-term influx of new blood? Or maybe this is something they don't talk about to the press.

Shotrock

I think the loophole is that they can marry any Orthodox Jew, not just other SYs, so the genepool stays a bit more heterogeneous.

Yeah, they say that, but the whole Edict thing is set up to actively discourage marriage outside the SY/Sephardic community. The whole situation appears to a helluva lot more about flipping the Ashkenazi a giant bird of payback then preventing Gentile intermarriage. From the article:

"That means producing proof, going back at least three generations and attested to by an Orthodox rabbi, of the candidates’ kosher bona fides. This disqualifies the vast majority of American Jews, who have no such proof."

Nearly all synagogue records of the Ashkenazi went up in smoke, along with the synagogue members themselves, during the Shoah. The SYs and other Sephardic Jews? Not so much.

In short, the whole shebang is more about internecine Jewish conflict than Jew/Gentile conflict (although kudos to Chafets for bringing up the third rail of Judaism, which is its issue with racial diversity: the Ashkenazi look down on the SY who look down on the Sephards and everyone treats the black Ethiopian Jews like crap). What's Hebrew for "high yellow"?

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