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 Jews control Hollywood!"
"The Jews caused 9/11!"
"The Jews oppress the Palestinians!"
"The Jews ran over my poodle!"
A Jew is a person who's mother is Jewish. (Some streams of Judaism argue that Jewish patrimony can be acquired through the father as well).
Jews are not a race but an eclectic mix of different races, nationalities, and cultures; they are a truly multi-cultural and multi-ethnic people. However, within this mix, there are distinct ethnic groups such as the Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews that make up the overwhelming majority of the Jewish People.
Most American Jews are of Ashkenazic origin -- usually originating from Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union. Therefore, American Jews could largely be classified as an ethnic group, hence the characteristic stereotypes, although there are exceptions.
A Jew is not a person who practices Judaism, although most Jews do adhere to some form of Jewish practice or cultural tradition.
A Jew is not an Israeli and an Israeli is not a Jew. An Israeli is a citizen of the state of Israel. While most Israeli's are Jewish, there are also non-Jewish citizens of Israel.
A Jew is not automatically a citizen of the state of Israel. A Jew must apply for and be granted citizenship to the state just like everyone else, although most are awarded citizenship rather easily.
Larry King is not an Israeli citizen.
2) is also a culture/ethnicity, that is to say it has a certain sense of humour, certain type of food and music etc.
3) A person who Mel Gibson talks smack about after he has had too much to drink.