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    • Marc Abitbol
    • 30.05.13 | 02:30 (IDT)

    First for philosophical reasons: The fact that secular Jewish identity cannot be defined easily does not mean that this identity doesn’t exist – in fact most identities cannot be defined, and yet exist. Political theorist Benedict Anderson has famously argued that all nations are “imagined communities,” bound together by narratives that are generally inexact historically. That’s true for the French, the Germans, the Swiss, the Indonesians and the Chinese, just as it's true for the Jews. Jews are no different from any other nation or ethnicity in that their identity is not easily definable. As philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein famously argued, most concepts rely on family resemblance rather than on clear-cut criteria – and Jewish identity is also no different in this respect. THIS IS DEEPLY TRUE

    from the article: Modern Jewish identity is not racist or nationalist: A letter to Shlomo Sand
    First published 12:43 29.05.13 | Last updated 12:43 29.05.13
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