Jewish is a religion AND a race.
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There is the Jewish religion, made up predominantly by Jewish people. Jewish people are a race as well as a religion.
ex. Einstein was Jewish in race, but pantheist or deist in religion.
Also, you cannot be born into a religoin, but you inherit your Jewish race from your mother and cannot 'quit' that. You can, however, convert to the Judaism religion.
However, because Judaism recognizes conversion, the religion cannot be purely racial as you cannot convert to another race. Therefore, it is easiest to say that it is a religion with racial/genetic components.
When defining anti semitic:
relating to or characterized by anti-Semitism; hating Jews.
Then, defining Jewish:
S: (adj) Jewish, Judaic (of or relating to Jews or their culture or religion) "He is Jewish"; "a Jewish wedding"
But what's a Jew?
(Jew) a person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties)
The religion based on the person and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, or its beliefs and practices.
Jewish referred to denoting or associating with Jews or Judaism. Christianity, however, was described as a religion. Christianity is not a race - it's a religion. But Jew is a race as well as a religion.
However, many people who call themselves Jews do not believe in that religion at all. More than half of all Jews in Israel call themselves "secular," and don't believe in God or any of the religious beliefs of Judaism. Half of all Jews in the United States don't belong to any synagogue. They may practice some of the rituals of Judaism and celebrate some of the holidays, but they don't think of these actions as religious activities.
The most traditional Jews and the most liberal Jews and everyone in between would agree that these secular people are still Jews, regardless of their disbelief. Clearly, then, there is more to being *Jewish than just a religion.
In the 1980s, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Jews are a race, at least for purposes of certain anti-discrimination laws. Their reasoning: at the time these laws were passed, people routinely spoke of the "Jewish race" or the "Italian race" as well as the "Negro race," so that is what the legislators intended to protect.
But many Jews were deeply offended by that decision, offended by any hint that Jews could be considered a race. The idea of Jews as a race brings to mind nightmarish visions of Nazi Germany, where Jews were declared to be not just a race, but an inferior race that had to be rounded up into ghettos and exterminated like vermin.
*Who is a Jew?
A Jew is any person whose mother was a Jew or any person who has gone through the formal process of conversion to Judaism.
Being a Jew has nothing to do with what you believe or what you do. A person born to non-Jewish parents who has not undergone the formal process of conversion but who believes everything that Orthodox Jews believe and observes every law and custom of Judaism is still a non-Jew, even in the eyes of the most liberal movements of Judaism, and a person born to a Jewish mother who is an atheist and never practices the Jewish religion is still a Jew, even in the eyes of the ultra-Orthodox.
Traditional Judaism maintains that a person is a Jew if his mother is a Jew, regardless of who his father is. The liberal movements, on the other hand, allow Jewish status to pass through the mother or the father if the child identifies as Jewish.
I never once stated that Jewish is not a religion. Readdressing what I stated earlier, "more than half of all Jews in Israel call themselves 'secular,' and don't believe in God or any of the religious beliefs of Judaism. Half of all Jews in the United States don't belong to any synagogue. They may practice some of the rituals of Judaism and celebrate some of the holidays, but they don't think of these actions as religious activities."
What I meant by this was, although people call themselves Jewish, which you are claiming is only a religion, half of the Jews in America do not practice Judaism religiously, but are still referred to as Jews because of their race. In simpler terms, if my mother was Jewish (making me Jewish), and I did not go to synagogue or practice the Jewish religion, I would still racially be classified as a Jew - but not religiously classified as Jewish.
"According to Jewish law, a child born to a Jewish mother or an adult who has converted to Judaism is considered a Jew; one does not have to reaffirm their Jewishness or practice any of the laws of the Torah to be Jewish. According to Reform Judaism, a person is a Jew if they were born to either a Jewish mother or a Jewish father. Also, Reform Judaism stresses the importance of being raised Jewish; if a child is born to Jewish parents and was not raised Jewish then the child is not considered Jewish. According to the Orthodox movement, the father"s religion and whether the person practices is immaterial. No affirmation or upbringing is needed, as long as the mother was Jewish."
This stresses my argument that Jewish is not only a religion, but also a race.
1.) Come from a geographical location on Earth.
2.) Have any genes passed that are distinct to Jews.
3.) It is not defined by any physical features, they can vary from Caucasian to African American to Asian to Alaskan.
To bring up yet again the definition of race:
Any of the traditional DIVISIONS of humankind, characterized by supposedly DISTINCTIVE and universal PHYSICAL characteristics.
The closest thing to a race that can describe the Jewish religion is a culture, but definitely not a race.
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Vote Placed by Yraelz 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Voting Pro. I think Pro is making a conclusive argument that Jews can exist outside of the religion and in fact that not Jews can convert to the religion but still not be Jewish in race. Con says in the final speech that the mother-to-child is purely religious but that doesn't preclude genetic passages which thwarts the arguments about 'like people'.
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