Posts Tagged ‘Judaism’

What or Who is a Jew?

My pastor mentioned something tonight that caused me to ask the above question.  I have searched and cannot find a definitive answser. However, my research shows that most Jews consider a Jew to be someone who:

  • Is a descendant physically or spiritually of Jacob
  • Has a Jewish mother
  • Has officially converted to Judaism
  • Is an Israelite

But this brings up another question. On the JewFaq.org site, under the heading “Who is a Jew?” I found the following statement:

“It is important to note that being a Jew has nothing to do with what you believe or what you do. A person born to non-Jewish parents who has not undergone the formal process of conversion but who believes everything that Orthodox Jews believe and observes every law and custom of Judaism is still a non-Jew, even in the eyes of the most liberal movements of Judaism, and a person born to a Jewish mother who is an atheist and never practices the Jewish religion is still a Jew, even in the eyes of the ultra-Orthodox. In this sense, Judaism is more like a nationality than like other religions, and being Jewish is like a citizenship.”

Now, if being a Jew has nothing to do with what one believes, then how can someone who is a Jew one day, become a non-Jew the next day by believing that Christ is the Messiah?  Can someone please answer this for me?

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Does the Sabbath, as practiced by some religions, start and end at sunset or, as this author claims, start and end at dawn?  The article presents a very well written argument for the latter.  What do you think?  Is the author right or wrong?  Read the article then post your opinion below. (more…)

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