Judaism is an ethno-religion and Jews are an ethno-religious group. So basically, religion and ethnicity are intertwined in the Jewish identity. But, can religion ever be completely seperated from that identity? i.e. identify solely as an ethnic Jew. Yes, I know that lots of atheist, non-religious, and secular Jews exist but they still keep a connection to varying degrees to the religious aspect of being a Jew. The Jews that I know that don’t maintain any sort of connection to the religious aspect of being a Jew also don’t tend to identify as ethnic Jews even and either downplay or try to distance themselves from their ‘Jewishness’. So, can religion and ethnicity be mutually exclusive of each other in a Jewish identity? Even if we talk about c0nverts, they aren’t just religiously Jewish either. “Once a Jew, always a Jew”. They can choose to leave religion and still remain a Jew. They thus also become ethnically Jewish. We’re naturalizing them into our tribe and our nation. So, even the c0nverts themselves aren’t exclusively religious Jews either as some people claim them to be.
can religion ever be completely seperated from the ethnic part of being a Jew?
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