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    • Judaism An Introduction
    • What does it mean to be Jewish?
      • A member of a world religion?
        • Clearly yes.
      • A member of a race? http:// www.jewfaq.org/judaism.htm
        • In the 1980s, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Jews are a race, for purposes of certain anti-discrimination laws.
        • Many Jews were deeply offended by that decision, because it resonated with negative connotations of the Third Reich.
        • Jews are not a race. Race is a genetic distinction, and refers to people with shared ancestry and shared genetic traits.
        • To be Jewish is to identify with a history, a culture and a religion of a certain people. One can convert into Judaism, even if he/she was not born of a Jewish mother.
        • “According to traditional Jewish Law, a Jew is anyone born of a Jewish mother or converted to Judaism in accord with Jewish Law.” http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/whojew1.html
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