Judaism An Introduction

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Judaism An Introduction

  1. 1. Judaism An Introduction
  2. 2. What does it mean to be Jewish? <ul><li>A member of a world religion? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clearly yes. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A member of a race? http:// www.jewfaq.org/judaism.htm </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the 1980s, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Jews are a race, for purposes of certain anti-discrimination laws. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many Jews were deeply offended by that decision, because it resonated with negative connotations of the Third Reich. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jews are not a race. Race is a genetic distinction, and refers to people with shared ancestry and shared genetic traits. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“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 </li></ul></ul>

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