Jewish identity

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Jewish identity is the objective or subjective state of perceiving oneself as a Jew and as relating to being Jewish. Under the broader definition, the Jewish identity does not depend on whether or not a person is regarded as a Jew by others, or by an external set of religious, or legal, or sociological norms. Accordingly, Jewish identity can be cultural in nature. Jewish identity can involve ties to the Jewish community. Traditional Judaism bases Jewishness on matriachal descent. According to Jewish law (halacha), all those born of a Jewish mother are Jewish, regardless of personal beliefs or level of observance of Jewish law. Jews who are atheists may have Jewish identity. While the absolute majority of people with this identity are of Jewish ethnicity, people born from a mixed Jewish and non-Jewish background may have Jewish identity. (See also "half-Jewish".)


Jewish identity can be separated into three separate, independent parts:

#ethnic Judaism (those of Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Mizrahi or other Jewish ancestry)
#religious Judaism (those who follow the tenets of the Jewish religion)
#cultural Judaism (those who celebrate Jewish holidays and were "raised in a Jewish home")

A cultural concept

Jewish identity can be cultural.

There are religious and cultural components to Jewish identity, just...
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