Re: Does DNA prove that Jews are a race? #dna

Erika Gottfried

"By Jewish law, tradition and practice, a Jew is a Jew is a Jew, whether their nearer relations lived in Ethiopia or China or Brooklyn or Aleppo.  We are all one people (Yes, there are distinctions, divisions, biases and social advantages / disadvantages within the Jewish world but for our purposes I'm just addressing whether someone is or isn't a Jew.) “  
Like everything else in this extended discussion, this is more slippery and less simple than it seems.  Who decides what is Jewish law, tradition and practice? The complexity of this question is well-illustrated by some of the problems encountered by Ethiopian immigrants to Israel, who certainly saw themselves as Jews, but whose claims to this identity were rejected by state religious authorities in many cases.   A good examination of this particular story (as well as a pretty wrenching personal narrative) is a documentary called “400 Miles” ( ).
Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey

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