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    • Richard Witty
    • 16.12.10 | 00:30 (IST)

    According to halacha, if a person has a Jewish mother, he/she is Jewish. According to Torah and oral traditions, 10 of the 12 original tribes dissolved into thin air, assimilating, converting, to the point of being indetectable as Jewish. But, if their mother's, mother's, mother's, mother's, etc was Jewish, then they are. So, if the Jewish population of the world currently is around 13 million (is it that much?), and that represents 1/6 of the tribes, then the remaining 5/6 would 65 million, with equally proportional male/female representation. 65 million is 1/100th of the world's population, and 5/6th of the Jews in the world are invisibly Jewish, not even known to themselves. Can a person afford to sin by even considering to persecute those who are potentially of the brit? Another definition of a Jew is a person with a Jewish soul, one who is attracted to the native instinct for holism inherent in the Shema and the theme of tikkun olam (to make what is disparate, whole/coherent). MANY have that Jewish instinct, that characteristic of a Jewish soul. Many Arabs, many Christians, many Africans, MANY. Kipas, even tzitzis don't make a Jew. I don't wear a kipa, nor tzitzis. The recognition that his person in front of me may be of the brit, or conspiring in the brit mission to make things whole, is enough to convince me to interpret "love thy neighbor as thyself" in the larger interpretation, rather than in the smaller.

    from the article: We all owe Israel's racist rabbis a vote of thanks
    First published 11:35 14.12.10 | Last updated 11:35 14.12.10
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