Aerial photo of Mount Gerizim｜Photo Credit: Milner Moshe Samaritans never intermarry with other races, and do not welcome converts. In the past, they only accepted intermarriage between Samaritans in blood. Therefore, the proportion of intermarriage between close relatives, especially between cousins, is not low (Note 3 ), which leads to the problem of genetic diseases, among Samaritans, the proportion of newborns with physical disabilities or other genetic problems is relatively high (Note 4). In recent years, due to the serious imbalance in the ratio of males and females.
it is not easy for men to find a mate, so many telemarketing list men have to "go out" to find a mate. In principle, they can accept intermarriage with Jews who are willing to convert to Samaritanism and adhere to their traditions; but because Jews are generally less willing to convert, over the years, Samaritan men have grown in search of their spouses from other countries to solve social problems. The problem of more men than women in the group. In 2002, the high priest of Samaria issued a decree allowing men in the community to intermarry with women who were willing to convert.
However, in recent years, this practice of accepting "foreign brides" (Note 5) is a last resort, and it is limited to Samaritan men; Samaritan women who intermarry or even convert as a result are usually ostracized by the community , the famous Israeli singer, model and actress Sofi Tsedaka is a more famous example, she converted to Judaism at the age of 18, married a Jew, and although she still maintains contact with her parents, she has a relationship with Samaria The community is basically cut off. Today, the "foreign brides" who join the Samaritan community are mainly women from Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine.