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    • Hannah
    • 15.02.11 | 20:16 (IST)

    Again, if the surname were German, Polish, Russian: no problem, the man's a Jew. If it's Spanish... hmmm. Oh, that's right, not all Sephardim have Arabic or Hebrew surnames. But G-d forbid it's an Irish name. I believe there's an Israeli model whose surname is Griffin, by the way. Right out of Tanakh. Perhaps, in addition to "correcting" this hillul HaShem of Amar's, we should correct the type of thinking (prejudice) that presumes Jewishness (or lack thereof) on the basis of a surname. There are quite a few "Irish" surnames that are now common among American Jews. Maybe when someone bearing such a name travels to Ireland, they'll be directed to the nearest synagogue.

    from the article: Modern Orthodox Canadian convert denied right to make aliyah by Israel's Sephardi chief rabbi
    First published 02:19 15.02.11 | Last updated 02:19 15.02.11
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