The Culture And Beliefs Of The People Essay

1057 Words Sep 18th, 2016 5 Pages
The cultural group I decided to research is the Jewish culture. More specifically the American Jew. Being from South Alabama there is not a big Jewish population in my region. Therefore, my knowledge of the culture is limited. The reason I chose this culture to do my paper on is because of my inadequate knowledge of the culture so I thought it would be a great way to become better informed of a prominent culture in the world. Though there are Jewish population throughout the United States the majority can be found in the North East in places like New York. In writing this I hope to have a better understanding of the culture and the beliefs of the people.
Who is considered a Jew? According to (Kolatch) A Jew is any person whose mother was a Jew or any person who has gone through the formal process of conversion to Judaism. It is important to note that being a Jew has nothing to do with what you believe or what you do. A person born to non-Jewish parents who has not undergone the formal process of conversion but who believes everything that Orthodox Jews believe and observes every law and custom of Judaism is still a non-Jew, even in the eyes of the most liberal movements of Judaism, and a person born to a Jewish mother who is an atheist and never practices the Jewish religion is still a Jew, even in the eyes of the ultra-Orthodox. In this sense, Judaism is more like a nationality than like other religions, and being Jewish is like a citizenship. This has been established…

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