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    • ivo
    • 08.09.09 | 21:30 (IDT)

    - that is, assuming you're jewish (& having no idea where you live - in the US?). everything begins in the mind, & of course judaism is a culture, it's a whole civilization & the long jewish history, beginning w/biblical history, has definitely given rise to a whole set of distinct ideas & values (albeit w/variations & changing over time). the notion that it can be reduced to a few acts /deeds, disconnected from the whole of life, is a very false & recent invention. & the blood aspect did creep in as the obsession it's become in certain circles. nothing else matters, not how you behave toward your fellow man, not whether you cheat on your wife nor what you think about the world, only the right kind of pedigree is important. if your 4-5. generation grandma on mum's side was jewish you're "one of us". i'm not saying everybody thinks this way, though.

    from the article: 'Lost Jews' video shows Israeli chutzpah towards Diaspora Jewry
    First published 17:14 08.09.09 | Last updated 10:15 09.09.09
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