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Surname 1 Student’s Name Professor’s Name Date Is being Jewish referring to Religion, Ethnicity or a Nationality? Determining the Jewishness of an individual is one conundrum that both the Jews and non-Jews continue to grapple with especially when it comes to defining on religious, ethnic and nationality. Based on Jewish law, one is considered a Jew if they were born of a Jewish mother primarily. One can also become a Jew if they convert per the halachah the Jewish law and commit to living their lives by abiding by the Judaism teachings ( Glazer, 38) . As such, being Jewish can refer to subscribing to the Judaism faith, being ethnically of Jewish origin through birth and even belonging to the Jewish state of Israel. Surprisingly though, while in other religions such as Christianity where one cannot be referred to as Catholic Muslim or atheist Protestant, an atheist Jew or one who converts to another religion is still a Jew. This is perhaps because being Jewish surpasses religion and
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