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148.
Jew
A member of the Jewish faith or ethnicity. According to their own tradition, the Jews are said to have escaped from slavery in Egypt. According to both Roman (notably Tacitus) and Egyptian (notably Manetho) historians of antiquity, however, the Jews descended from Egyptian lepers (referring both to those actually suffering from leprosy as well as troublesome elements in society) that were expelled from Egypt to live in the desert, much like the British sent their fringe elements to the colonies. The Jewish people are said to have formed much of their culture in reaction to the Egyptians and as a result of the peculiarities surrounding their banishment. Some traditions they continued from Egypt, such as the burial of the dead and the belief in the importance of the physical body for resurrection. Other times they intentionally developed traditions in opposition to the Egyptians—in part as a result of their resenting their banishment. Tacitus points to their sacrificing of oxen, which the Egyptians associated with the god Apis, as well as of rams, a symbol associated with Amun. As for traditions resulting as peculiarities from the banishment, he suggests that their refraining from swine related to their having been plagued by leprosy (as pigs are prone to this in the desert), their frequent fasts to their wandering without food, and their unleavened bread to their hurried acquisition of corn. Perhaps more significant examples of traditions formed opposite to those of the Egyptians and in accordance with the material conditions of their time of wandering would be commands against graven images and the worship of multiple deities. Their refraining from the use of material images or symbolism may be a result of the fact that they 1) in their poverty resented and could not compete with the Egyptians and so inverted the value to feel themselves justified and 2) in their sickness could not stand to associate divinity with anything a part of the material or temporal world. Another example is their obsession with the idea that God has only one form and face and their taking as antithetical any conception of divinity other than their own tribal deity—as opposed to the Egyptian belief that Amun-Ra, the formless all-powerful creator behind the universe, had many manifestations. Judaism may have started out an Egyptian-lite religion, the elaborate pantheon of the Egyptians being too complicated for the new and wandering tribe and the need for a return to the essential and basic having taken hold. The line from the Bible “Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me” (Hosea 13:4) may have a completely different meaning than that usually assumed. Yet this is not the complete story, as it fails to take into consideration the influence of the Levantine pantheon on the formation of the Jewish tribal deity. An Egyptian inscription from 1390-1352 BCE mentions the “Shasu of Yhw”, the Shasu being a nomadic people from the Levant region and Yhw being their (or one of their) god(s). See YHWH for more details.
There are many proud Jews--a beautiful people with a rich cultural heritage who have survived many hard times.
by Freiheit November 26, 2005
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jew
1. noun. a person who is descended from a jew (mother or father, does not matter, apparently a lot of jews don't even know this)
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
No one in our family actually practices judaism, though we are aware of our roots and celebrate several jewish holidays, Hannukah, purim, etc.. sort of like a lot of christians celebrate christmas but don't go to church....
by itsstuckinmymouth March 22, 2009
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Jew
Jews are people who are often classified by non-Jews as "chosen." The latter group then starts hatin Jews for that designation.

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.

I am a Jewel and that kewl
by Jew-el September 06, 2007
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jew
okay let's clear this up.
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.
matrineal descent: my mother's mother's mother's mother's mother's mother was jewish. it is consistent line of females who pass the faith onto their children.
by Little Miss Pipedream March 29, 2008
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Jew
dude from Reading called Adnan Younis...drives a black Golf...
i know that jew..he smells
by younis November 27, 2007
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jew
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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jew
A person who practices the religion of Judaism; A person whose anscetry dates back to the ancient jewish kindoms; a member of a superior race who is hated for his superiority and success; Me!
"...If statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky way. properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world's list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages; and had done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it.

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?"
by #1Jew May 14, 2005
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