Rabbi Objects to Greek Civil Nuptials Plan

Jewish objections to the contemplated institution of civil marriage in Greece were submitted here to the government today by Chief Rabbi Dr. S. Koretz, in the form of a special memorandum.

The memorandum came as reply to a request of the Ministry of Justice asking the rabbi for the Jewish viewpoint on the question of civil marriage. In opposing this innovation, the chief rabbi pointed out in his memorandum that civil marriage may lead to the weakening of religious feelings and may result in mixed marriages.

If the suggestions made by the Chief Rabbi in his memorandum as adopted by the parliamentary committee now dealing with the question of civil marriage, any Jew wishing to marry a non-Jew will have to produce to the civilian authorities an affidavit from the Jewish community, stating that he is no longer a member of the Jewish faith. Otherwise, intermarr#age by civil law will be impossible in Greece.

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