Re: One story behind the age changes #general

Prof. Slifkin <slifkin@...>

There is no ban on first cousins marrying each other among
Orthodox Jews. Uncles can even marry nieces and although
it is illegal in many countries I know people who went
abroad to marry their nieces.

only thing that they had to be careful of was that the
bride and groom were not first cousins. Even this
became a problem, because people were driven
from "shtetel to shtetle" as the Czar or Cossacks went
on rampages (Pogroms), or anti-semitism became so
threatening, as in Poland, and especially Galicia, that
flight was imperative. Thus, family ties were lost, and
later it was found that indeed first cousins did marry,
albeit unknowingly. This may well explain some of the
genetic diseases common to Jews of Eastern
European "origin".

Professor M A Slifkin userid:
Jerusalem Israel

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