Blog # 5

In When a Jew is not Jewish, the story of Jonathan Levitt and how Jews who are not considered Jewish enough is revealed.  The principle of this is basically if you are not and Orthodox Jew, you aren’t realized in Israel unless you become an Orthodox Jew, which doesn’t seem to be pretty fair in my opinion. It was shocking to know that in the army there is a 3month conversion course where at the end one will be  considered Jewish and can be  buried under Israeli grounds. But, like Jonathan, this is still not enough to be considered Jewish enough, even if you fight for the country you desire so much to be a part of religiously. This concludes with the problem that not that the people don’t want to be Jewish (because they do),  but that people are being turned away because they want to become Jewish and will not be considered Jewish no matter how much faith in the religion they hold.

Philip Jenkins brings to center the idea of how Christianity is surviving and expanding in many fast-growing countries around the world, which is the opposite as When a Jew is not Jewish, as Jews are being pushed away.  There has been a gravity change in Christianity  southward to  Africa, Asia and Latin America. Christianity is doing well in the South as Christianity is being practiced more traditionally.

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7 Responses to “Blog # 5”

  1. sharonak says:

    Being Jewish, I really didn’t know that this was happening. For myself, living in America, I’m lucky to be able to live in a community where I can be as religious as I can, although not Orthodox, but still be considering loving Judaism and Israel.

  2. Josh Jacobson says:

    I feel that the audio was very misleading. It seems from a lot of posts, that people think you need to be an Orthodox Jew to live in Israel or serve in the army. This is not true. Rather, they country requires that you be a Jew. In order to be a Jew according to Orthodox law you must be born to a Jewish mother. Anyone born to a Jewish mother would be recognized as being a Jew in Israel (be able to serve in the army, be buried etc.). In fact, a majority of the soldiers serving in the army are not even remotely religious. However they were born to Jewish mothers so they qualify based on the rules set forth by the Orthodox movement who controls (or controlled) a majority of the Israeli senate. Obviously this is an outdated practice but its simply how it is.

  3. andrewganga says:

    This is an interesting find. I never thought of individuals being turned away from a religion for not being religious enough. My view on religion was that they were always willing to accept more, not that they would turn anyone away.

  4. Kurman100 says:

    The majority of Israelis happen to not be considered orthodox Jews. As long as one’s mother is Jewish, they are considered Jewish as well. Any Israeli soldier is respected and honored in the army no matter how religious he/she is.

  5. cynthiaaa says:

    i think its ridiculous. How can you not be Jewish enough? This is extremely unfair to not be identified as a Jew just because you are not an orthodox Jew. Its not everyday that you hear about a religion that is turning people away because they want to be in it. Its sad to see that even after they convert they will not be considered “Jewish enough”.

  6. rklein100 says:

    I dont believe that you need to be accepted by the church to be “Jewish enough”. If you have true faith in your religion, I believe you are enough of that religion. Whether you are a practicing religious person or non practicicing, the true belief in your religion will always be there. Faith is something nobody can take away from you. Not your friends, family or an organization that says they are God’s messangers. People who were opointed by other people, none of which were actually appointed by God. Who said that Jewish man is more of a true believer in the jewish faith then you? Nobody would know that answer beside God himself.

  7. Prof. Hala says:

    This clip, which gets into how religion and politics intersect, has gotten a lot of attention. I think it has a lot to do with the headline, which as Josh points out, may be a bit misleading, leading people to wrongly assume that all those serving in the IDF, or living in Israel, are Orthodox. The question of being “Jewish enough” only applies to those who were not born to Jewish mothers.