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Is Jew classified by religion or ethnicity?

tajshar2k
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7/8/2016 2:39:43 PM
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I see people referring to Jews as they are some ethnicity or race, which I don't understand. Why is that? Are Jews considered to be their own race?
Emilrose
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7/8/2016 3:57:12 PM
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Both, technically.

Historically speaking, Jews have been a group of people that have been genetically tied to other (Jewish) populations that came before them--this isn't to say that 'mixing' hasn't took place because it has but there are indeed certain genetic characteristics that can often defined who a Jew is.

For example, someone can have a 'Jewish background' without actually identifying as a Jew through religion. The three major Jewish subgroups are Ashkenazi (European), Sefardi, and Mizrahi...these all have distinguished racial/genetic features--as well as various cultural distinctions.
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7/8/2016 4:50:06 PM
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At 7/8/2016 2:39:43 PM, tajshar2k wrote:
I see people referring to Jews as they are some ethnicity or race, which I don't understand. Why is that? Are Jews considered to be their own race?

Both. Jew is a race. But a nonJew can become of the Jewish faith by conversion.
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tajshar2k
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7/8/2016 7:47:30 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/8/2016 3:57:12 PM, Emilrose wrote:
Both, technically.

Historically speaking, Jews have been a group of people that have been genetically tied to other (Jewish) populations that came before them--this isn't to say that 'mixing' hasn't took place because it has but there are indeed certain genetic characteristics that can often defined who a Jew is.

For example, someone can have a 'Jewish background' without actually identifying as a Jew through religion. The three major Jewish subgroups are Ashkenazi (European), Sefardi, and Mizrahi...these all have distinguished racial/genetic features--as well as various cultural distinctions.

Ah I get it now :)

Thanks
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7/8/2016 7:47:42 PM
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At 7/8/2016 4:50:06 PM, brontoraptor wrote:
At 7/8/2016 2:39:43 PM, tajshar2k wrote:
I see people referring to Jews as they are some ethnicity or race, which I don't understand. Why is that? Are Jews considered to be their own race?

Both. Jew is a race. But a nonJew can become of the Jewish faith by conversion.

I understand now :)
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7/8/2016 8:38:13 PM
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Ethnicity (specifically for the Ashkenazim), unless the context is specified to be religious. Many self-indentified Jews are secular.
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7/9/2016 1:54:47 AM
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At 7/8/2016 3:57:12 PM, Emilrose wrote:
Both, technically.

Historically speaking, Jews have been a group of people that have been genetically tied to other (Jewish) populations that came before them--this isn't to say that 'mixing' hasn't took place because it has but there are indeed certain genetic characteristics that can often defined who a Jew is.

For example, someone can have a 'Jewish background' without actually identifying as a Jew through religion. The three major Jewish subgroups are Ashkenazi (European), Sefardi, and Mizrahi...these all have distinguished racial/genetic features--as well as various cultural distinctions.
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