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    • Avigdor
    • 29.12.10 | 22:37 (IST)

    ... then we'll tell you ;) Stop thinking about this in Western terms. The Jews are tribal. Things like "ethnicity" and "religion" are Western classifications that fail to understand tribal culture. As an Arab you should understand. If a woman from Masri clan joins the Assad clan, she belongs to the Assad clan. Her children belong to the Assad clan, despite her being born to the Masri clan. Even if she divorces her husband and goes back to her parents in Masri clan she is still a part of Assad clan. It's the same with Jews. When you join the Jewish people, you are one of us, you immediately assume the responsibilities and historical inheritance of our people. There is no way to leave the tribe. Your children belong to the tribe. Even non-observant Jews remain Jews, because "Jewish" is not a behavior, but a state of being. It's a description of your spiritual essence, not your behavior (religion) or culture. You can join the Jewish people and speak Arabic, eat Arabic food, etc. That has no impact on your state of being as a Jew. However, you obligations as a convert are stringent - to observe the basic of Jewish law, Shabbat, kashrut, etc.

    from the article: Israeli population stands at 7,695,000 at end of 2010
    First published 14:14 29.12.10 | Last updated 14:14 29.12.10
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