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I am not sure to what form of Judaism I belong

Question: Is it better to be an observant Reform Jew or an occasional Conservative one? Answer: It is better to be a better Jew! In other words: a Jew...

How can someone be a 'good Jew'?

Rabbi Schochet: I hope you are having a GREAT day today:) . . How can I make it even better? Jaquie: how can someone be a good Jew? Jaquie: is this live?...

Can DNA prove Jewish-ness?

Question: Is there a reliable DNA test for the Jewish race? The Short Answer: No, because Jews are not a race. The Askmoses Answer: Even a 100%...

I think I have Jewish ancestors; am I Jewish?

Question:  Last year I discovered that several of my ancestors on my mother's side of the family were Sephardic Jews . Since I found this fact...

I am Jewish but was raised as a Christian. What do I do next?

Rabbi Eliezer G: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? Kevin: Shalom, I was wanting to know if my maternal...

I seem to have Jewish ancestry, so could I be Jewish?

Question: Dear Rabbi, For as far back as I can trace, my family never identified as being Jewish. Recently I discovered that my last name is a name...

Are Jews a race?

Jewish identity is a unique concept and because it doesn't fit into standard categorizations, it is often misunderstood. We are neither a race, nor a...

Where does the word "Jew" come from?

The term "Jew" (Heb. Yehudi) can be used differently in different contexts. In its narrowest interpretation it would mean someone from the tribe of Judah...

Isn't it racism to say the Jews are the "Chosen People"?

Question: I have long been uncomfortable with the concept of the "Chosen People". To suggest that as Jews we are somehow closer to G-d than all...

Why are the Jews called the "Chosen People"?

The Short Answer: The Torah - which is an all time bestseller and studied by the world’s three major religions - recounts how the Jews were chosen...