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Are We Jews by Choice or Blood?

Judaism As Free-for-All Should Be What We Want

Thicker Than Blood: Why is it so hard for us to define who is a Jew? Leonard Fein believes it’s a great thing to be Jewish by choice.

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Thicker Than Blood: Why is it so hard for us to define who is a Jew? Leonard Fein believes it’s a great thing to be Jewish by choice.

 

By Leonard Fein

Published January 14, 2013, issue of January 18, 2013.

 

Back when he was Israel’s Minister of Justice, the irrepressible and ever-creative Yossi Beilin put forward a proposal for secular conversion to Judaism. As he explained, “It is simply unimaginable that in the 21st century, a time in which most of world Jewry is not religious, we should continue to grant certain religious establishments the right to define ‘who is a Jew.’”

Beilin’s argument was straightforward: “Why is someone like me allowed to be an agnostic Jew while a convert to Judaism is not? Why must a non-Jewish atheist or agnostic go to a rabbi in order to become a Jewish atheist or agnostic?”

Or, more elaborately, “We must… give people… who wish to be identified as Jews the right to join the Jewish people on the basis of their own self-definition. I envision a situation where a non-Jew — who does not claim membership in another religion — turns to the local Jewish community and asks to be registered as a community member. The community would ask for references from two Jewish community members, as is customary upon joining certain movements or clubs.

Once the community is convinced that the reasons for joining are pure and that the motivation is straightforward, it would register this new Jew within its ranks without providing her or him with a religious ceremony. If the new member later chooses to marry within a Reform context, the Reform movement would require a Reform conversion; similarly the Conservative and Orthodox movements. The new Jew would then decide whether to undergo that procedure. From the standpoint of the Jewish community, however, the individual would be considered a Jew based on self-definition.”

The Beilin proposal went nowhere and was soon enough forgotten. But why the reluctance to endorse the kind of inclusiveness the Beilin proposal intended? Why did so few people consider what its rejection implied?

In the end, there can be only one reason, and the reason is blood. For to reject the idea of a Jewish people whose members have defined themselves as Jews is to define Judaism as chiefly a biological category, leavened somewhat by conversion.

Ponder the implications of that: If being Jewish is about having Jewish blood, then Judaism is a race. Do we believe that?

More generally, do we believe that blood lines should determine anything at all?

That is not a rhetorical question. Quite obviously, there are many Jews who think exactly that — and not only in the Orthodox community. That blood lines matter is a widespread and mostly unexamined belief. But upon examination, it crumbles.

Think of it this way: Broadly, societies can award status based either on ascription or on achievement. Ascription — as, for example, ascribing to the children of college alumni a preferred status. An ascribed status is a given, independent of a person’s merit, without reference to the person’s abilities. Achievement — a status earned by effort, informed by choice.

Now: Do we prefer a Judaism that is ascribed or a Judaism that is achieved? Do we prefer a Judaism that is assigned or one that is freely chosen?

It has become routine to claim that these days, all Jews, at least in America, are Jews by choice. And if we are all Jews by choice, it follows that our relationship to being Jewish — the importance we attribute to being Jewish and our relevant beliefs regarding the implications of being Jewish — is also inherently a matter of choice. We see this all around us. Atheism, agnosticism, fervent denominationalism (as also passive denominationalism), friendship and residential preferences, charitable behavior — these all vary greatly.

If I am permitted to define Judaism for myself, short of accepting some other religion, then I can come to Judaism with all manner of beliefs, values, even customs. And others can, just as freely, choose to take our dreams as their own. Is it a bad thing that so many have taken our Exodus story and woven it into their own narratives?

Judaism as a free-for-all? But isn’t that exactly what we want? And for those of us who reject that unbridled freedom — well, they are free to pick the cloister that best suits them. That is what being a Jew by choice means.

Contact Leonard Fein at feedback@forward.com

~ Ladies and gentlemen can you believe this sh**? This is a people who go around calling people “racists” their entire lives yet they don’t even know what one is. No, actually they do know and they know they aint one. The BS goes on because we let it. Dont wait for your so called leader to do something about it “YOU” do something about it. The reason why nothing ever gets done is because 99% of us are waiting for someone else to do something.
You start with separation. Let them dance, sing and act straight back to the ghetto. Dont take part in anything they do. You can take others advice and believe if you are nice to Jews things will change. It will not. As soon as someone says to do something logical and separate you will see 20 shills tell you to trust a Jew. They know exactly what they are doing and they are playing you like a violin (fool). Separate, regroup, overrun and expel. That is the only way. Anyone telling you any different is a Jew or on the take. Jews have a state so we need them out of ours. World Jewry needs to be put back in its place.
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  1. GTRman says:

    Jewish producer of pornographic filth gets 4 years in prison

    http://destroyzionism.com/2013/01/17/jewish-producer-of-pornographic-filth-gets-4-years-in-prison/

    KIKES sell smut at KIKEdance
    Sex sells at Sundance [KIKES sell smut at KIKEdance]

    This year’s Sundance will be showcasing more than just new film talent, with the [KIKE-dominated] porn industry and [KIKE-promoted] sex addiction featuring in releases.

    The number of films being shown at Sundance which tell tales of porn, addiction and the sex industry have got industry types claiming this year’s festival theme as [KIKE-stained] “sexual coming-of-age.”

    Lovelace [directed by KIKE Rob Epstein and KIKE Jeffrey Friedman; written by KIKE Andy Bellin; produced by KIKE Heidi Jo Markel, KIKE Laura Rister and KIKE Jason Weinberg], a film starring Amanda Seyfried as porn star Linda Lovelace [Linda Boreman, first movie: sex with dogs] and Don Jon’s Addiction [directed and written by; produced by KIKE Ram Bergman and KIKE Nicolas Chartier; starring KIKE Joseph Gordon-Levitt and KIKE Scarlett Johansson], about a man overcoming his addiction to porn, are two [KIKE] releases about sex (smut) at the festival.

    Steve Coogan and [KIKE] Stephen Fry star in The Look of Love, a biopic about Soho porn baron Paul Raymond.

    Howl [about KIKE queer Allen Ginsburg; directed, written and produced by KIKE Rob Epstein and KIKE Jeffrey Friedman] actor [KIKE] James Franco is introducing two further [KIKE] films about sex [smut]: the documentary kink [produced by KIKE James Franco] and [queer] S&M film Interior. Leather Bar [produced by KIKE James Franco: “Every fucking love story is a dude that wants to be with a girl, and the only way they’re going to end up happy is if they walk off into the sunset together. I’m fucking sick of that shit. … Sex should be a storytelling tool, but we’re so fucking scared of it.”].

    Speaking to Reuters [KIKE], Sundance’s Director of Programming [KIKE] Trevor Groth said the films indicate a new audience ‘hungry for the taboo of sexuality and sexual relationships’ [hungry for KIKE smut].

    Don Jon’s Addiction is the directorial debut of [KIKE] Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film features [KIKE] Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore alongside [KIKE] Gordon-Levitt, who plays the title role.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/9806294/Sex-sells-at-Sundance-but-theres-more-than-porn-at-this-years-festival.html

    Cervical cancer vaccine for girls must be given to gay men due to
    increase in anal cancer, says BMA

    The national programme to vaccinate young girls against a sexually transmitted virus which can cause cervical cancer should be extended to gay men, doctors say.

    The British Medical Association has written to Anna Soubry, minister for Health, urging her to introduce HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccinations for young gay men attending sexual health clinics. They warn that there is an “alarming increase in anal cancer in gay men”. Anal cancer is rising at one to three per cent a year in most developed countries.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/cervical-cancer-vaccine-for-girls-must-be-given-to-gay-men-due-to-increase-in-anal-cancer-says-bma-8454578.html

    Calls to immunise teenage boys after huge rise in throat cancer

    Vaccination against virus urged following increase in cases linked to sexually transmitted infection
    The Department of Health is being urged to review the national immunisation programme against the commonest sexually transmitted infection in response to a dramatic rise in cancer linked to oral sex.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/calls-to-immunise-teenage-boys-after-huge-rise-in-throat-cancer-6292679.html

    ‘They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn ‘

    • melgibstein says:

      Saw a movie with Scarlett Johansson, it pretty much confirmed to me Bill Murray is a kike. “Lost in Translation” about a business man who gets a little held up in Japan away from his ehh ehh American wife, he doesnt smile in the entire movie until he schlocks a Japanese girl and cheats on his American wife for the first time. He wanted to schlock the yenta Johansson and she wanted to schlock him, but he didnt want to ruin her marriage to a kike. They only schlock the goyim. Just a work of complete trash.

  2. GTRman says:

    One correction to Brian Akira’s writing above : Stephen Fry is not just a kike , he is a queer kike :

    from

    http://www.resist.com/CARTOON%20GALLERY/cartoonindex.html

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