2. noun. a person who practices judaism
3. noun. a person who considers themselves a 'member of the tribe' (the 12 tribes, all desdended from Abraham). there are people who consider themselves ethnically, socially, and/or culturally jewish though they do not practice judaism. Jews refer to non-jews as 'gentiles.'
4. verb. to cheat someone, to get someone down on their price, to be stingy
According to Jewish law: If you mom is Jewish you are Jewish, even if you dont practice the Jewish religion/practice a different religion(that's why it has an ethnic aspect to it)
Judaism is an orthopractic religion, which means certain deeds/actions speak louder than someone's belief (in J.C. for example). That is why, while many Jews can be athesit, they will still celebrate holidays like Hannukah, Passover, Rosh Hashana etc...cause they are fun and have also become part of the culture.
If you want to become Jewish, you need to undergo orthodox conversion, and keep all the Jewish laws as described in the Jewish holy book, the Torah.
Not all Jews are Israelis, and not all Israelis are Jews. Nevertheless, Jews can become Israeli citizens very easily.
not all jews are tight with their money.
not all jews have enormous noses.
not all jews have frizzy hair.
jews do not necessarily practise judaism as a religion, but someone who is born jewish can never stop being jewish. even if one decides to diassociate themself with the faith or the people they are still considered to be a jew.
this is largely because as well as being a religious group, the jewish people are also an ethnic and cultural group.
in most denominations, judaism is inherited through the mother and many people are jewish without even realising as it can be inherited by an unbroken line of matrineal descent. a person would still be considered jewish if their mother was a jew but their father was not.
i'm 16 and i am jewish. but i don't have a big nose. it just looks a little odd haha!
my hair is dark dark brown and curly and my eyes are brown.
stereotypical jewish features, but not always true to all jews.
i'm not very religious at all, in fact i was raised agnostic and none of my family practise the religion at all. however i do try to observe kosher (but i'm vegetarian so it's very easy), and i have read the tanakh.
only the women and children on my mother's side of the family are jewish.
the only way a jew would be cease to be jewish any longer would be to claim that jesus is their saviour. anyone who worships jesus as the messiah is not a jew and will be discounted from the jewish people.
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.
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.
The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed; and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?"