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    • 23.08.10 | 14:32 (IDT)

    I had the opportunity to encounter the difficulty of trying to explain to Arabs why Jews view themselves as an ethnic group, and not merely as believers in the same religion. I was not too successful, but perhaps will be more successful with a Jew like this strangely ignorant author. Judaism is ancient, it goes back to a time when different nations had their own national god. In time of war, the nations sought help from their own god against the other god. Deuteronomy 32:8 explains: "When the Most High (Elyon) gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of El". (The standard text has "Israel" instead of El, but ancient versions has it as translated. El Elyon was the chief Canaanite god, and his 70 , among thesons received their inheritance (nations), among them Yhwh who received Israel. Even though in later times Yhwh became a universal god, Israel remained his special, "chosen people". Christianity and Islam do not have this concept, they came about too late, but the Jews still believe in this "primitive" concept. In view of this, "Jewish and Democratic" means: There are some minimal requirements that can assure that the country remains Jewish (such as the "Law of Return"). Beyond these few exceptions, the country is a democracy.

    from the article: You can't be a Jewish Muslim
    First published 01:58 23.08.10 | Last updated 01:58 23.08.10
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