Out of the various "Orthodox" groups, i.e. Litvish, Chassidim, Sephardim, Yemenites, etc., do any of them forbid marriage to the other?


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No there is no prohibition to marry between these different groups.

As long as they are from a kosher Jewish lineage (not offspring from a forbidden relationship, come from a Jewish mother etc.) there is no prohibition to marry them.

Regarding Chassidim, there was a ban issued by the Vilna Gaon against them which included a ban in marriage. However this does not apply nowadays.

There are cultural and Halachic differences between them, which may lead to more marriages from "within".

I once heard from a great Rabbi that "marriage is hard as is, no need to make it harder by marrying someone from a totally different cultural backround"

  • when you say "Legitimate Orthodoxy" is that excluding any groups in particular, any of the groups I specifically mentioned?
    – user9466
    May 17, 2015 at 13:25
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    Is there a prohibition on marrying non-orthodox Jews? I have never heard of such a prohibition.
    – Daniel
    May 17, 2015 at 13:33
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    I was only answering towards the groups cited above. Ie. They are kosher Jews thus no prohibition. If I have implied something else I can edit accordingly May 17, 2015 at 13:37
  • You know this for a fact? Have you spoken to any Bobover's?
    – user6591
    May 17, 2015 at 15:02
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    I believe you have implied that there is a prohibition to marry people who are not part of a "subset of legitimate orthodoxy."
    – Daniel
    May 17, 2015 at 16:28

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