there were originally 12 tribes in all living in what was then Israel; however, since that of Juda was the largest, non-Hebrews (called Gentiles, after a considerate group of people whom the Hebrews had much contact with in ancient times, and is also where the English word "gentle" is derived) came to know the entire group, as well as the religion they practised, as Jews/Judaism
* most "Jews" today do not descend from the tribe of Juda; but, as stated above, are simply known as such for being from Israel or being of said religion
Jew is also used as a derogatory term for those who fit into the Jewish sterotype (cheap, money-hungry, unfair, or unscrupulous in business) which came about due to the fact that, during the height of the Roman empire, only citizens of Rome were required to pay taxes and abide by mercantile laws; the Jews were not citizens and therefore Jewish merchants were not inhibited by the aforementioned laws and therefore seen by Romans as being cheap, money-hungry, unfair, or unscrupulous in business
a stereotyped description of a Jew is of having a large nose and frizzy hair and speaking in yiddesh
Jews stereotypically have first names ending in -mon and last names beginning with a precious metal and ending in -berg or -stein
Kyle Brovlowski is a Jew
Eric Cartman hates Kyle for being a Jew
You God-damn Jew, shut your filthy Jew mouth,
you can't throw those nunchakus away can you? your jewish blood won't let you, not when you payed $8.00 for them.
names: first: Solomon, Bechmon
last: Goldberg, Silverstein
"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.