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Basic Trope: Jewish men find non-Jewish women attractive.

  • Straight: Bob comes from a Jewish family, and falls in love with Alice, who comes from an Orthodox Christian family.
  • Exaggerated: All Jewish men in the setting are paired with non-Jewish women.
  • Downplayed: Bob falls in love with Alice, but the fact that she's not Jewish isn't a major factor.
  • Justified: Alice's character and/or beauty attracted Bob first and he only learned later that she wasn't Jewish.
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  • Inverted: Alice falls in love with Bob because he's Jewish.
  • Gender Inverted: Andrew is a Christian man who falls in love with Bethany, a Jewish woman.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice was adopted, and her birth family is Jewish.
    • Bob's attraction to Alice is fleeting and he eventually marries Carly, a Jewish girl.
    • Bob falls in love with Alice, who converts to Judaism.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Alice was adopted and her birth family is Jewish... except there was a mix-up with the papers, and her birth family turned out to be non-Jewish after all.
    • Bob tamps down his attraction to Alice and marries Carly, but later on has an affair with Alice because he's tired of "how Jewish" Carly is.
  • Parodied: Bob falls in Love at First Sight with Alice because of how non-Jewish she obviously is.
  • Zig-Zagged: Bob has several love interests, some Jewish and some not.
  • Averted: Jewish ethnicity (or lack thereof) isn't a factor in Bob's choice of partner.
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  • Enforced: The author is a Jewish man who fell in love with a non-Jewish woman or vice versa and is following the dictum to Write What You Know.
  • Lampshaded: "Of course you like Alice, she didn't go to Hebrew school!"
  • Invoked: Bob purposefully picks a non-Jewish partner.
  • Exploited: Bullies and trolls taunt Bob by pointing out that his children won't be Jewish.
  • Defied: Bob's friends want him to get with Alice, but he purposefully goes out with the Jewish Carly instead.
  • Discussed:
    Carly: "Of course you like Alice, you're just like every other Jewish protagonist ever, not wanting to marry a Jewish girl."
    Bob: "And your opinion of who I choose to date should be the only thing that matters to me because...?"
  • Conversed: "Hey, what's that movie about?" "It's about a Jewish man, Bob, falling in love with WASP Alice." "Oh, so just like every other Jewish protagonist ever."
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  • Implied: Bob's mother talks about how her son doesn't want to get with Carly because she's Jewish, but we never see Bob or any of his other partners.
  • Played for Laughs: The Culture Clash between Alice's and Bob's respective upbringings drive much of the humor.
  • Played for Drama: The Culture Clash between Alice's and Bob's respective upbringings drive a wedge into their relationship. Indeed, Bob's parents are strict Orthodox Jews and Alice being a "goya" is a big problem in terms of religion and transmission of rite to the grandchildren. Meanwhile, Alice's parents are devout Orthodox Christians and marrying a Jewish man is fiercely discouraged in Alice's own community.

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