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    • Marco de Ferreira
    • 09.01.10 | 19:03 (IST)

    Jews used to be a people before the Romans. By that time they were a people with all characterirstics of a people: language, culture, religion, etc. After they were dispersed by force they lost most of the cultural links and became part of the countries they are living with Judaism as a religion. That's why a Jewish Brazilian guy is a Brazilian whose religion is Judaism. Just that. Israel tries to forge an identity among all Jews, but there is nothing, except religion, that can unite an Yemenite Jew to a Polish or an Indian Jew, only religion. That's why when the Jewish Schools around the world teaches "Jewish History" they deal mostly with pre-Roman history or history of the Jews in Europe.

    from the article: How has a small Portuguese Jewish community retained its genetic identity?
    First published 10:42 09.01.10 | Last updated 22:59 09.01.10
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