Most of them reacted to the intermarriage wih shame and outrage.
Most Israelis oppose intermarriage which is funny because intermarriage in Israel is obviously not a problem – assimilation in Israel is usually in the Jewish majority, not the other way.
We have survived and outlived very many different and varied calamaties.
We will survive the sad assimilation of Mark Zukerburg I noticed and it breaks my heart. If it had been a female marrying a non-Jew, that would have stirred outrage. Ortho-Jews were pleading with her not to marry him and to marry one of her own kind. doesn’t come after you for Stock Price Manipulation before you have a chance to have kids.
Secular education is not valued in the Hasidic world.
In a generation or two, the few surviving Jews with good secular educations may write of the Jews: “We live like Puerto Ricans but vote like Episcopalians”, turning the late Milton Himmelfarb’s aphorism on its head.
“And so we’ve reached the stage where, in many cases, actual disappointment over intermarriage has drastically diminished,” she writes, “because the expectation that non-Orthodox American Jews will actively prefer and seek out fellow Jews as life partners doesn’t exist.” I don’t have much to add to that.