Tablet leapt on it.
Haaretz covered it.
JTA picked it up.
That's right ladies and gentlemen: Get your copies now! The Reform Movement's Rabbis Group Thing (the Central Conference of American Rabbis) says we should work with couples where one of 'em is Jewish and one of em isn't!
What next? A press release declaring that "everyone deserves breakfast" or "a smile helps you have a good day?"
I love my colleagues but we're being too nice here. Judaism has such great value and if we really believe it we oughtn't tip-toe around its greatest assets--Torah and Tradition--that call us to establish an open tent, a welcoming approach to greeting others, and a mission-driven rabbinate that sees its purpose in enlightening the world with meaning as people build families and make choices about who they will be.
Woe unto us that the strategic energy organ of the Jewish community--a community that gave us One God, the Sabbath, Honoring Parents, and Thou Shalt Not Kill--insists upon getting exercised about the most obvious strategic decision since NOT requiring poppy seeds on EVERY challah bread? (Kidding, kidding.)
Emancipation--the European kind--came with a price: Freedom to fall in love with whomever you wanted. Fine. That means we better be prepared to help those lovers and their offspring make Jewish choices. Period.
Because the point isn't our racial propagation but rather the continued, Eternal (yes, the E-word, ladies and gents) Covenantal relationship with our God Who demands of us justice and righteousness; food for the hungry and clothing for the naked; and a better, more peaceful world.
We should be "preventing" war.
We should be "preventing" hunger.
We should be "preventing" greed, hatred, and strife.
But "preventing" intermarriage?
Get out of the bedroom.
Get into the public square.
Abraham, who wasn't a Jew when he did it, had the courage to smash the idols of false worship as a youth. That's why God chose him. And he liked that validation of who he was so much that at a very old age, he agreed to be circumcised. At the command of an invisible God he heard. Those spouses we worry about hear God calling while we're wringing our hands worrying about a meaningless ethnic purity. Enough is enough.
God is One.