I came across an article that quoted Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef in his Shulchan Ha'ma'arechet, (it didn't give an exact reference,) as saying that Kiddushin can be effected between a Ger Toshav, meaning a non-Jew who follows the 7 Noahide commandments and a Jew, because a Ger Toshav is considered not to worship idols. First of all is this correct and secondly are there any other authorities who either hold, or dispute this view? Please give sources if known.

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    Sounds very unlikely to me. Do you have a link to the article?
    – Joel K
    May 27, 2021 at 16:11
  • It was from the Sefaria.org website linked to a "sheet" but I don't have a link and at the time didn't note the author. I think it was in connection with an opinion given by Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie. The given quotation from Rav Yosef is; "Kiddushin are not effective with a non-Jewish woman, because it is written "do not make marriages with them [for doing so will turn away your son from following Me, that they may serve other gods]." But with a ger toshav woman, since there is no prohibition of "do not make marriages with them" [because they do not serve other gods], kiddushin are effective." May 27, 2021 at 16:25
  • Found it. The Sheet is called: Rabbi Amichai Lau Lavi's Teshuvah on Intermarriage: A source primer by Jeremy Borovitz. May 27, 2021 at 19:20
  • sefaria.org/sheets/126652 May 27, 2021 at 19:21
  • @Kleinzahler See here judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/101627/…
    – Amos74
    May 30, 2021 at 10:07

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Rabbi Steve Greenberg writes

The marriage of a Jew and a ger toshav would not be legitimate under existing halachic frameworks.

Some conservative Rabbis are considering the possibility of allowing the marriage.

Lau-Lavie is not the first to suggest adapting this construct to marriage, and his proposal is not meant to push for an actual change in Jewish law (yet). But he envisions using the ger toshav within a halachic framework to justify intermarriage under certain conditions.


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