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  1. I refer to Jews as a race. I know it is a religion also, but considering through the mother line, one is also ‘born’ Jewish.
    Am I right or wrong: can one describe Jews as a race ???

    • Like everything in Judaism, the answer is yes and no.
      If you check the Torah carefully focusing on who the original Jews were, you will notice they were not all from the same tribe or race. A lot of people were converts into the religion of Abraham, but most of them were from the Levant, similar DNA, therefore from that point of view, yes it could be a race, but notice that in posterior emigrations of Jews, mostly to central Europe, most of the emigrees were male and married local women who converted into the religion and their descendants are European. So, from this perspective it is not a race ‘per se’, but a religion. Also look at the physical characteristics of Jews form China, Jews from India, Jews from Ethiopia, they all look respectively like the people of China, India, Ethiopia, etc.
      We are not a specific race, but still, a lot of middle east genes flow in our veins from the initial lot.

  2. Are the Ten Commandments meant to be binding to non-Jews, or are they just part of the covenant? And if so, is the covenant with Noah more applicable? Thank you.

  3. What is the Jewish position on whether or not Pontius Pilate assigned a group of soldiers to guard Jesus’ tomb? Do Jews generally believe Pilate did, do they believe Pilate didn’t, or do Jews generally just don’t know whether he did or not? And is Matthew 28:13-15 accurate, at least where it implies that it “is commonly reported among the Jews until this day” that the soldiers said Jesus’ “disciples came by night, and stole him away while” the guards slept? I’m just trying to figure out how credible the New Testament account is, from a Jewish perspective.

  4. Which books in the bible do Jewish people consider the most important and why?

  5. I understand halachic judaism has a problem with zionism and the state of israel. how does one deal with this?

  6. thanks much

  7. thx for the info

  8. I are relges jewish people allowed to listen to women sing

    • Rabbi Tully Bryks

      In general, the Torah seems to acknowledge the real danger that men could come to objectify women (it can happen the other way too, but it’s probably less common). Along these lines, the Torah has many rules which regulate the interaction between men and women, and some of these restrictions only apply to men. One such rule is the prohibition for a man to hear a woman sing. In contrast, a woman is permitted to hear a man sing. As such, while religiously observant men generally do not have the opportunity to enjoy a Broadway musical, many religiously observant women to get to enjoy such productions (provided that the content is appropriate).

  9. Exactly what the world needs!

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