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Intimate Relations Between a Jewish woman and Gentile man


Rabbi Ari Shvat

Iyyar 3, 5782
Dear Sir, 1- If a single Jewish woman has sexual intercourse with a gentile man ,what is the punishment for: a- jewish woman b- gentile man 2- Is that considered sin of bestiality ? 3- Should gentile man killed similar to the intercourse between jewish man and gentile woman ? Regards
For a Jewish woman, sleeping with a gentile man is a very severe prohibition, for intimate relations are a form of marriage according to Jewish law, so it's transgressing the prohibition of intermarriage (Dvarim 7, 3), see Malachi 2,11, "Judah has dealt treacherously, and an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has profaned the Holy One of the Lord [in] that he loved and married the daughter of a foreign god". Her punishment is "Karet" [= "cut off" from Israel], and she has no share in the world to come. She is also considered a Zonah [=promiscuous woman] and prohibited to marry a Kohen forever. The Rambam (Isurei Biah 12) writes that she is doing a Chilul Hashem (profaning God's Name), and it very well may influence her to accept idolatry or his religion. As far as the gentile man is concerned, he transgresses the prohibition of causing her to sin, but there was no punishment for this sin in Jewish courts, and certainly was not put to death even when the religious courts used to function 2,000 years ago. His punishment is just in the Heavenly court, and no, it's not considered bestiality! Nevertheless, nothing stands in the way of tshuva (repentance), and the gates of Heaven are always open to anyone who improves and fixes their sins! If they honestly and sincerely regret what they did, and actually never go back to doing it again, then God always forgives. Our Father in Heaven, in fact, is already waiting for their sincere change of heart and actions. Sleeping with a person is not something Jews do for “fun”, but this super-strong power should be part of building an eternal relationship and family with her loving Jewish soul-mate, as part of the building of the Godly Jewish nation, and not wasted on "cheap thrills".
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