Who is a Jew: Identity Issues
For most Americans, traditional Jewish culture summons up images of Passover seders with steaming bowls of matzah ball soup, black-hatted, pale-skinned Hasidic men, and Yiddish-speaking bubbes (grandmothers) and zeydes (grandfathers). In reality, these snapshots represent only one Jewish ethnic group of many.Read more
Practices and Traditions
Descendents of Aaron the priest enjoy special privileges.
Even after the Temple's destruction, Levites have some unique ritual privileges.
A history of the marrano diaspora.
A historian traces the origins of the term.
The field of genetics sheds light on the historical record of Jewish origins and migrations.
An Ashkenazic Reform Korean rabbi explores her identity.
A look at the many different ways Jews define their Judaism today.
Personal choice trumps group-oriented feelings of obligation.
Is Jewish secularism possible?
More than half of American Jews define themselves as secular.
Especially in Israel, "Who is a Jew?" has many practical ramifications.
The Reform movement's watershed resolution of 1983.
Disagreements between the movements about how one can become a Jew.
How does one qualify?
By Merle Hyman
Edited by Danny Ben-Moshe and Zohar Segev
Edited by Emanuel Feldman and Joel B. Wolowelsky
How much do you know about the spectrum of Jewish identity?