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Clearly, these are not the ideas of a people who think they are better than other nations.Because of our acceptance of Torah, Jews have a special status in the eyes of G-d, but we lose that special status when we abandon Torah.Judaism generally recognizes that Christians and Moslems worship the same G-d that we do and those who follow the tenets of their religions can be considered righteous in the eyes of G-d.

And the rate of intermarriage has grown dramatically in recent years: according to the Jewish Databank, the rate of intermarriage has risen from 13% in 1970 to 47% since 1996, though the rate of intermarriage seems to have stopped increasing.

One Orthodox Jew I know went so far as to state that intermarriage is accomplishing what Hitler could not: the destruction of the Jewish people.

I once received a message from a man who told me that many Jews do not like gentiles.

He knew this because his (Jewish) girlfriend's friends and parents disapproved of him.

According to traditional Judaism, G-d gave Noah and his family seven commandments to observe when he saved them from the flood.

These commandments, referred to as the Noahic or Noahide commandments, are inferred from Genesis Ch.

Furthermore, the blessings that we received from G-d by accepting the Torah come with a high price: Jews have a greater responsibility than non-Jews.

While non-Jews are only obligated to obey the seven commandments given to Noah, Jews are responsible for fulfilling the 613 mitzvot in the Torah, thus G-d will punish Jews for doing things that would not be a sin for non-Jews.

The Torah states that the children of such marriages would be lost to Judaism (Deut.

7:3-4), and experience has shown the truth of this passage all too well.

Any non-Jew who follows these laws has a place in the world to come.