I often come across people who like to argue that judaism is simply like any other religion, and that to be against jews is to be intolerant of their religion. They even say this as though it would be a bad thing if one were to be against a religion which taught horrible things (or even if it’s practice was merely against their own interests). No, no, actually, then they would simply declare that it was not a “real” religion at all.
Anyway, judaism is different than most existing religions today in that it is a survival strategy for a particular people. On top of that, it is essentially the worship of the jewish people, for today many jews no longer see themselves as being “chosen” by god, but rather understand collective jewry itself to be god. In either case, they are “special” in relation to the rest of us.
A recent article, Who Is a Jew? What Is a Christian?, written by an atheist jew [Wait, I thought jews made up a religious group?] makes clear what many of us already know. Here are a few excerpts [The last two are placed out of chronological order.]:
“Who is a Jew? While I’m often asked how I can be both a Jew and an atheist, this question hardly ever comes from Jews. According to all branches of Judaism, a person is Jewish if born to a Jewish mother. Since my mother was Jewish, so am I.”
“Gentiles are often surprised to hear that there is no religious belief requirement to be a Jew. Well-known Jews with no belief in God include intellectuals like Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, and Karl Marx, as well as comedians like Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Jon Stewart, and Sarah Silverman (no relation, unfortunately). In fact, these Jews openly criticize or make fun of religion.”
“A Pew survey shows that 62 percent of American Jews say being Jewish is mainly a matter of ancestry and culture, while just 15 percent say it’s a matter of religion. Secular Jews, atheist Jews, and agnostic Jews comprise the largest constituency of Jews.”
So much for jews just being a religion, har har har.
“Reform Jews are willing to accept into the tribe someone with a Jewish father and a gentile mother, but Orthodox Jews are not. Some ultra-Orthodox rabbis won’t even accept a child as Jewish when born to a devout Jewish mother from a donated gentile egg. All branches of Judaism allow for converts, but Orthodox Jews don’t recognize conversion of gentiles to Judaism unless that conversion is approved by a three-judge religious court comprised of three Orthodox men (usually rabbis), ritual immersion in a mikvah, and a commitment to perform all the Torah’s commandments according to Orthodox interpretations of Jewish law.”
“Of the three so-called monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), I “thank God” that I was born into the one where it’s easy to be an open atheist.”
Along this same vein, from the article 2011 article Judaism without God? Yes, say [Jewish] American atheists:
“‘Atheism and Judaism are not contradictory, so to have an atheist in a Jewish congregation isn’t an issue or a challenge or a problem,’ Shrogin said. ‘It is par for the course. That is what Judaism is. It is our tradition to question God from top to bottom.’
Atheism is entrenched in American Judaism. In researching their book American Grace, authors Robert Putnam and David Campbell found that half of all American Jews doubt God’s existence. In other groups, that number is between 10 and 15 percent.”
“‘They go because they want some kind of ethnic identity,’ Magid said. ‘They don’t care about the prayers. It allows them to feel a sense of Jewishness, but has little to do with religion.'”
“‘I want my kids to understand they are Jewish, to be proud of being Jewish and to understand their heritage,’ Cohen said. ‘And then they’ll have a choice. If they want to go that way (towards belief in God), great. If they don’t, they’ll have a sense of where they came from.'”
And from the 2010 article Must a Jew Believe in God?:
“Traditionally, Jewish identity had been defined biologically. According to rabbinic Judaism, if one’s mother was Jewish, than [sic] one was Jewish, regardless of one’s actions or beliefs.”
The following video contains a religious jew in israel telling visiting jewish youth that the most important part of judaism is maintaining the peoplehood of collective jewry (jewish peoplehood). I link to a specific time in the video [@51 seconds] where he explicitly backs up what the above atheist jew tells us. It is a short video and you should watch it in its entirety:
Why am I telling you the most important thing is to marry a jewish girl? All religions in the world except judaism are based on belief. Whatever the person believes, that’s his religion. He can change it everyday. A Buddhist can become a muslim with a different book [?]. But we’re not jews because of our belief, we’re jews because of our mother. We’re not a religion, we’re a people. And the people go by the mother and you want your children to be jewish people like you and your mother. Understand? So, make sure you marry a jewish girl.
To give an example as to how jews use “religion” as a shield to defend against criticism of their jewish nature as a biological group of people*, the following clip shows a sleazy jew doing just that:
“Don’t talk about religion; don’t insult me with race.” Religion or race, which is it, jew? I am totally fine with ethno-racial religions, just not hypocritical ones that self-righteously agitate against my race’s interests and endeavor for its extinction. The jews are a people first and foremost, do not allow the cover of being “just a religion” to confuse or fool you.
*I in no way deny the important role that Nurture plays in the expressed character and behavior of human beings. In man, Nature influences Nurture and in time, due to abstract thought, Nurture in turn influences man’s Nature.
The following video gives an example as to the type of discussions which occur among top rabbis and provides insight into their religious beliefs. It takes place in israel, the “jewish state”:
The following article provides a backdrop story to the conference depicted above:
Allow Dr. William Luther Pierce to help you explore a central religious text in modern judaism, the talmud: