Integra: Judaism is a religion. Why isn’t this simple?
Erin: When is religion ever simple?
Like any faith, Judaism comes in different denominations. This chart covers most of them — in North America, at least. It’s slightly different in Europe, and a whole other ball game in Israel.
[Kosher food, ritual laws, special headgear]
[Orthodox: Haredi, Modern Orthodox]
[Conservative / Masorti]
[Hiloni / Secular]
Integra: But if you don’t believe in any of it at all, how do you count as Jewish? There must be a line somewhere! So where does “Jewishness” stop?
Integra: Enough. Let’s get some actual Jewish people in here and settle this once and for all.
Erin: See, that sounds like a good idea, but–
Crowd: Just because I don’t follow all the outdated rules doesn’t mean I’m not Jewish / But you have to believe something! / Says who? / Says G-d! / You’re a misogynist! / You’re just a self-hating Jew! / My parents were both Jewish, and I’m not giving up that part of my identity! / Slippery slope! / These people are destroying Jewish identity! / You’re intolerant!
Integra: …the hell?
Crowd! The Nazis would have killed us too! / You’re a Nazi! / You– [KABOOM]
Erin: This [Jew vs. Jew] is one of my textbooks. The point is that Jewish people can’t agree on this either. Or anything else, really.
Crowd: That’s a stereotype! / But it’s true! / But–