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Families with one Jewish parent are considered just as Jewish as they are non-Jewish.
Reform Jews, who account for a majority of American Jews, support this perspective, but are shut out of power in Israel.
In Israel, any Jewish person who dates a non-Jew is not only bucking serious social pressure to date within the community, but also heading toward direct collision with the state, which does not permit so-called mixed marriages.
Naturally, a person with as much money and power as Yair Netanyahu can easily circumvent the legal hurdles put in place to prevent miscegenation.
Only the word of certain rabbis is trusted, and the list of acceptable rabbis is very short.
Thanks to the cash and connections available through his father, Yair can bypass these barricades with relative ease, if he chooses to do so.
But, the fundamentalists and their ideological successors revised the Torah to determine which parts of the Israelite tradition would be passed down to future generations.
They went on to author the Talmud (the Jewish New Testament), which has eclipsed the Old Testament’s authority.
While by law they are prohibited from charging for their services – they already receive hefty salaries from the Israeli government to perform their work – many of them still charge couples for these “services.” For the bride or groom who is considered to be “insufficiently Jewish,” he or she can apply to convert to Judaism.
This is an arduous process, which requires one to live according to all the laws of Orthodox Judaism for a long period of time, and to be monitored throughout the process, and pass tests to prove unquestioning acceptance of all rabbinical rules.