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    • Joel Mort
    • 20.10.13 | 15:59 (IDT)

    Contrary to the arguments of this author, (1) convenience and a nod toward self-aggrandizement globally, (2) maintaining access to benefits of victimhood, and (3) perpetuating control of hegemony in Israel (see Michael Ben-Ari) are more viable underlying factors for the motivation for perpetuating the idea of Jewish "peoplehood" particularly after the recent discovery of the genetic heritage of Ashkenazi Jews hailing from Europe. I would hardly call myself a 'secular Catholic' despite my choice to abandon Catholic teachings and beliefs in the supernatural. I would happily draw on my Catholic heritage in many ways, family gatherings or holiday celebrations for example. But that doesn't make me a secular Catholic. So what is different about those who were raised in a the Jewish tradition but then decided to leave it? Why are they still considered Jewish? Is there some undefinable quality residing in them that makes them so? Hardly. It is much more likely that the combination of social (and legal, in Israel) pressures that compel them to self-categorize as Jews despite their non-belief and the realization (conscious or not) of the advantages that come along with doing so is the real motivation for insisting on the idea of such a "peoplehood." Neither of which is interesting or virtuous, however understandable from an evolutionary perspective. Of course equally evolutionarily understandable are pre-emptive nuclear strikes but I doubt anyone would hold those up as a pinnacle of virtue.

    from the article: Jews without God are just as legitimately Jewish
    First published 13:29 20.10.13 | Last updated 13:29 20.10.13
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