From the Editor

Jewish men are lucky to be married to women.

For my 1989 book Intermarriage: The Challenge of Living with Differences Between Christians and Jews, I spoke to hundreds of partners in interfaith marriages. These interviews cast light on some gender differences—both obvious and more subtle—which still seem to play out today. Three first-person articles in this issue begin an updated look at women dealing, one way or another, with these relationships. Women and men reacted differently to many of the situations interfaith couples face. What’s more, there were additional differences I saw when the Jewish partner was the woman. In marital choices, as in so much else in life, a gender lens refracts a score of other issues. Among them: Jewish women are less likely than Jewish men to want to marry non- Jews. Fewer women intermarry than men do, which means more Jewish women than Jewish men remain single.

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