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    • 22.03.12 | 17:36 (IST)

    '"They are partial Jews while I am a complete Jew," Yehoshua said, referring to American Jewry.'/ Yehoshua is a Liberal who does not contest the notion that every individual has the right to define his own identity. Yehoshua does not insist "that Jews must make any other aspects of their identity subservient to their Jewishness", for which he is being criticized by Strenger. What he is saying that once YOU identify yourself as Jewish, the term should include living within a Jewish culture. For example, your rest day will be Saturday, your holidays will not be structured according to the Christmas schedule, etc. This is Yehoshua's understanding of "being Jewish", living a Jewish culture. I take it that everybody should agree that terms should have some common understanding, or else words no longer can be used as means of human communication. If Strenger contests Yehoshua's definition of being Jewish, let him offer another term. But the argument against Yehoshua is just about "terminology", something trivial.

    from the article: A 'Partial Jew’s' response to A.B Yehoshua
    First published 14:38 22.03.12 | Last updated 14:38 22.03.12
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