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  • A Jew is a person who is of Jewish heritage. (Judaism is passed on through the Mother, not the Father)


  • Jews typically consider themselves as a separate nation rather than just adherents of a religion, therefore a Jew is not only one that practices the religion of Judaism, but it is also one who is of Jewish heritage.


  • According to the Jewish Halakha, someone is Jewish if their mother was Jewish.


  • The word Jew originally meant people from the ancient Kingdom of Judea (where Israel is today). After most Judeans were forced out by the Romans, the word started to mean people of the Jewish religion, and not just those from Judea.


  • Israel is the only Jewish country, but there are Jewish minorities in many places in the world. Most of them live in large cities in the U.S., Argentina, Europe and Australia.


  • Jews were victims of various persecutions; the one that happened during the Second World War is known as The Holocaust.


  • Most secular American Jews think of their Jewishness as a matter of culture or ethnicity. When they think of Jewish culture, they think of the food, of the Yiddish language, of some limited holiday observances, and of cultural values like the emphasis on education.


  • The mystical Jews in the great renaissance in Spain used the Kabbala, the Sefirot.


  • A Jew wears a yarmulke when they go to prayer, Shul

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