HomeNewsBusinessCultureHealthVideoNewsletter

Zuckerberg’s Marriage Infuriates Anti-Assimilation Group

Head of group asks Facebook founder to “separate from the non-Jewish woman”
By: Sammy Hudes
Published: May 25th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan

It appears not everyone “liked” Mark Zuckerberg’s surprise announcement last weekend.

Following Zuckerberg’s marriage to his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan on Saturday, the 28-year-old Facebook founder and CEO received a letter from Benzi Gopstein, head of the Lehava Organization for the Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land that criticized his intermarriage, according to Israel National News.

Gopstein, who refers to Zuckerberg in the letter by his Hebrew name, Mordechai, writes that he didn’t “like” Zuckerberg’s wedding announcement on Facebook unlike the over 1.5 million others that did.

“To be precise, if Facebook had a ‘dislike’ button I would have given you a big ‘dislike,’” Gopstein wrote.

“I’m writing to you not for my sake, but on behalf of the Jewish people of every generation, being that you are part of this people, like it or not. True, you did well in the stock market, but just to remind you, money isn’t everything in life. You chose to marry a non-Jewish woman and by doing so, you disconnected yourself from the Jewish people, and your children will not be Jewish, even though their last name will be Zuckerberg; even if they’re cute and get a lot of ‘likes’, they will remain non-Jews in every respect.”

Despite acknowledging that Zuckerberg probably won’t pay much attention to the letter, Gopstein writes that on behalf of the Jewish people, he aims to “spoil the party” for all Jewish men and women who accept intermarriage and “liked” Zuckerberg’s relationship status change, as well as the media who reported it.

“Golda Meir, who was Israel’s Prime Minister, said that any Jew who assimilates is essentially a partner to the Nazis’ work, since through assimilation you yourself are exterminating the continuation of the Jewish people,” he writes.

“Assimilation is bringing the extermination of the Jews to the seventh million! Unfortunately, you are not alone. The Jewish people are losing themselves in the Exile through assimilation. At the current rate, in the not-so-distant future there will be no more Jews remaining in the Exile. In Israel, too, assimilation is hitting us quite a bit because of your Facebook, where every Mohammed is ‘CitySlicker’ and every Yusuf calls himself ‘Prince Charming.’”

Gopstein is not the first to speak out against Zuckerberg’s intermarriage. Earlier this week, Israel National News reported concerns expressed by Dr. Aliza Lavie, a communications researcher, lecturer at Bar Ilan University and social activist.

“The children of another successful Jewish man will not be counted as Jews,” Lavie wrote on her Facebook page. “This wedding does not bother many American Jews and quite a few Israelis as well. This is integration at its best. But this is not the whole picture. The stories of intermarriage and assimilation are not only a ‘religious’ problem,” she said.

“It’s much more than that. Large sections of the younger generation of American Jews are no longer with us. Treating mixed marriages only as a religious matter which does not interest those who are non-religious misses the reality that threatens us all, religious and secular alike.”

Gopstein’s letter concludes with a suggestion to Zuckerberg, encouraging to him to take a strong stance against assimilation.

“As long as the candle burns, you can correct yourself,” he writes.

“Separate from the non-Jewish woman and find a good Jewish one, and to make up for your mistake, go on a major campaign on Facebook against assimilation.”

Related articles: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, Priscilla Chan, Benzi Gopstein, Lehava Organization for the Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land, Golda Meir, intermarriage, assimilation, Judaism, wedding, Dr. Aliza Lavie
1 times
Celebrity Chef Ezra Title on His TV Show and Favouite

Shalom Life chats with the “Healthy Gourmet” co-host about local food and why he doesn’t want to open his own restaurant.

Bringing Challah Back: New Recipe!

Try this easy-to-make recipe and bring this Friday night tradition back into your home with mouth-watering challah.

The Perfect Meal with Jewish Celebrity Chefs: Day 2

We celebrate five of the world's best Jewish chefs - Day 2: Jamie Geller.

Exclusive Interview: The Man Who Bit the World

Shalom Life speaks with Noah Galuten the blogger behind the incredible Man Bites World and The Cookbook Blog

Exclusive Interview with Nacho NY's Lee Frank

Shalom Life sits down with the founder of NachosNY, the world's first blog dedicated to our love of all things nachos.

In the Kitchen There's No Nationality or Religion

"Working in the kitchen with sharp instruments doesn't mean we have to kill each other", says one of a team of multiethnic chefs who brought culinary glory to Israel.

Celebrity Chef Ezra Title on His TV Show and Favouite

Shalom Life chats with the “Healthy Gourmet” co-host about local food and why he doesn’t want to open his own restaurant.

Bringing Challah Back: New Recipe!

Try this easy-to-make recipe and bring this Friday night tradition back into your home with mouth-watering challah.

The Perfect Meal with Jewish Celebrity Chefs: Day 2

We celebrate five of the world's best Jewish chefs - Day 2: Jamie Geller.

Exclusive Interview: The Man Who Bit the World

Shalom Life speaks with Noah Galuten the blogger behind the incredible Man Bites World and The Cookbook Blog

Exclusive Interview with Nacho NY's Lee Frank

Shalom Life sits down with the founder of NachosNY, the world's first blog dedicated to our love of all things nachos.

In the Kitchen There's No Nationality or Religion

"Working in the kitchen with sharp instruments doesn't mean we have to kill each other", says one of a team of multiethnic chefs who brought culinary glory to Israel.

news_scroll_down
OUR FACEBOOK FANS
Blogs
Take Responsibility for Your Own

The 19 year old sophomore sat on the exam table looking at the floor. A college student with obvious charm

The Stanford Prison Experiment at

In 1971, researchers set up a prison in the basement of Stanford University's Psychology Department. The idea was to

U.S. vs. Europe: Health Care

As I have tried to make abundantly clear the United States is the only country in the industrialized world that

Hands Off America

Alright, that does it.Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans have been willing to do their part for

Fat Returns After Liposuction ...

A study appeared in a journal titled “Obesity” which was reported by a group from the University of Colorado. In

What does Victory Look Like?

Sixty-five years ago today, World War II officially came to an end. On September 2, 1945, Japanese Foreign Minister

JEWISH TWEETS

Share This Story With Your Friends!

Your Name:

Friend's Name:

E-Mail:

Friend's E-Mail:

(This information will not be displayed publicly)

Optional Message: