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Old 02-02-2008, 12:39 AM   #12
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If a non-native is being invited to a ceremony, I would hope that the person doing the inviting would be using a lot of discretion - how sincere is the invitee? what is their motivation for attending, etc.?

For sure, just "dropping in" on a ceremony should be a no-no. A non-Jew wouldn't just crash a bar mitzva, for example, but I was once invited by a co-worker to her son's bar mitzva and that was okay.

Conversely, some would say that if non-natives were intended to participate in such ceremonies, they would have been given those ceremonies by the Creator ages ago.

I found an interesting article from a few years back that makes a strong case for the latter point of view. You can find this article at:

Plains spiritual leaders issue mandate to protect ceremonies

I personally feel that there would be very few instances where it would be appropriate or advantageous for this to occur, but this would depend highly on the persons and circumstances involved.
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