What are the pros and cons of Jewish interfaith marriage on the children

It really depends on your personal circumstances and outlook. Ifboth parents are adamant about their religions then it becomes aconflict over “who can teach their religion better”. If one or bothof the parents does not care about religion, it really does notmake a difference for the children except from the perspective thata religion teaches a person proper conduct and being devoid of thatinfluence may lead to improper conduct.

Opinion: it’s not a good idea. In addition to the Torah’sprohibition against doing so, there are very many cases in whichthe spouses use the religious difference as fuel to add to theflames once they’re already fighting over other matters.Maintaining a marriage is hard enough without the interferingfactor of different religious backgrounds. Also, there is thequestion of how to raise the children. A seemingly kumbaya-typepeace-loving interfaith education very often turns out to beconfusing to the children, who now have no complete identity.Statistics show that mixed-marriage children are less likely topractice any religion at all, than are their single-faithcounterparts (even those of minimally-religious homes). In actualpractice, intermarriage amounts to assimilation, the product ofwhich is descendants who may no longer see themselves as part ofthe religious heritage of either parent.

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