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Old 11-05-2013, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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My mom has been having some health problems and her doctor has recommended testing for Gauchers disease. One in 450 Ashkenazi Jews are positive for Gauchers as opposed to 1 in 60,000 in the general population. I am 50% jewish myself and having married a non-jew my kids are only 25%. This makes our odds of being positive or even carriers much, much less.

Similarly, I own, for the first time in my life a pure-bred dog. He is 5 years old and has had more health issues than any mutt I have ever owned. I'm thankful for a little genetic diversity. :-)
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:02 AM
 
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Well one could marry a Sephardic or Mizrachi Jew rather than marry a non-Jew I think for the same effect.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Well one could marry a Sephardic or Mizrachi Jew rather than marry a non-Jew I think for the same effect.
Technically, yes. I can't imagine how hard that would be to find, though.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:26 AM
 
Location: OC/LA
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Yeah my gf was telling me about how genetic diseases are a big problem among the Amish also.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Technically, yes. I can't imagine how hard that would be to find, though.
It's pretty easy if one lives in Israel. The base population is Sephardic/Mizrahi rather than Ashkenazi.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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It's pretty easy if one lives in Israel. The base population is Sephardic/Mizrahi rather than Ashkenazi.
Yes, but I don't live the, don't speak the language, and don't have the resources to make Aliyah. Pretty big hurdles to cross.

Another potential fix for this problem is for Judaism to become evangelistic. Pull in some new genes.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Yes, but I don't live the, don't speak the language, and don't have the resources to make Aliyah. Pretty big hurdles to cross.
But you're already married with children, so its sort of moot for you at this point. But your kids, when they come of age, can go and do teen programs in Israel and learn the lifestyle. Hebrew is not needed in Israel since English is taught to them at a young age as part of their curriculum.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Another potential fix for this problem is for Judaism to become evangelistic. Pull in some new genes.
Converts join the tribe every day.
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:16 PM
 
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It's pretty easy if one lives in Israel. The base population is Sephardic/Mizrahi rather than Ashkenazi.
My thoughts exactly!





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But you're already married with children, so its sort of moot for you at this point. But your kids, when they come of age, can go and do teen programs in Israel and learn the lifestyle. Hebrew is not needed in Israel since English is taught to them at a young age as part of their curriculum.

Always good to expose Jewish teens to Israel.




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Converts join the tribe every day.
Well I don't know what the statistics are but it is another way.

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Old 11-06-2013, 12:34 AM
 
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Yes, but I don't live the, don't speak the language, and don't have the resources to make Aliyah. Pretty big hurdles to cross.

Another potential fix for this problem is for Judaism to become evangelistic. Pull in some new genes.
Judaism is already evangelistic. Do you know how many conversions in the US are because a girlfriend/boyfriend has convinced their SO to become a Jew?

Also, if you really want to make Aliyah the government of Israel and several International organizations will help you financially. You can learn Hebrew after you arrive (or even start studying it before you move)....
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