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Hitler’s criteria for exterminating Jews was any individual who had at least one grandparent who was a Jew. Using that definition, practicing Christians who had no idea that they had a Jewish ancestor could be killed for being Jewish.

I don’t know if I would say that Judaism is a race onto itself, but I would say it is a nationality. Jews as such originated in Judea and were dispersed through out the world, often not by choice. Thorugh out this dispersment they kept some basic customs and beliefs.

It silly to say that Ethiopian Jews are Jewish only because of their religion,and can not compare to real Jews such as the Ashkenazi Jews. That is a misconception. Ethiopian Jews predate Ashkenazi Jews, and claim to jewish history dating back to Moses.
There are two major diferences between the spharadi jews and the ashkenazi jews. Spharadi Jews are either middle eastern or medeteranianJews. Ashkenazi jews are eastern european Jews.
the second diference is how they pray.
Growning up a major question that kept poping up was always is judaism a religion or a nationality. I am very jewish and have been all of my 47 years, but in all those years I can not say that I have practiced an relgious rituals even though I know many of them.
The word Spharad in Hebrew means Spain. Ashkenazi Jews are mostly jews who lived in a predominantly christian society and pray fairly loudly and have ver little body movement. Spharadi Jews lived in countries like Spain where they were forced to convert to christianity pray under thier breath, or in the middle east and have similar body movements to arabs where prayer involves the body.
by annkah September 11, 2006

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