In what way is it insular or exclusive? Anyone may join the religion if they convert properly, which requires a degree of dedication and commitment. If you're not as dedicated or committed to perform a true conversion, and prefer an ersatz one which you can do in 20 minutes going through a driveway in Vegas - well, why is that right? Why should such a person be considered a Jew? Why not say, "perform a proper conversion following 2,000+ year old codified laws and then we'll call you a Jew"?
Police disperse hundreds in brawl in Kafr Manda, northern Israel (Haaretz)
from the article: Conversions bill sets Netanyahu on collision course with U.S. Jews
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