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A Brief History, Of Sorts, Of Judaism Part 3

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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?

Erin: Um…

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Crowd: Just because I don’t follow all the outdated rules doesn’t mean I’m not Jewish / But you have to believe something!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–

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