So much confusion and horror, among Jews and Gentiles, at Trump’s executive order defining Jews as a race or nation. “The Nazis also called us a race. Is this an invitation to kill us all?” “Is this going to be used to accuse us of dual loyalty to the State we live in?” This reveals the chronic panic underlying the lives of many Jews in the Diaspora. What are the facts?
1. Legal Stuff
Trump only used this definition to give Jews similar protection to other national minorities in the US. He did not mean to shake up any of the philosophical, sociological or religious notions of who/what is a Jew.
He hit the jackpot. Jews are a Nation like any other, except in two respects:
A. Jews are the only People founded on a Calling and not just as all other Nations, on a common language, history or location. Jews are therefore the only people who should not intermarry — because that does not enrich but rather waters down the Mission Jews should be on. (Various Gentiles refusing to intermarry each other are racists, supremacists or nationalists.)
B. Jews are widely hated, more widely than any other nationals. The first reason is jealousy — when Gentiles don’t see how hard Jews work to get where they are. Antisemitism is a major trick to keep exploitive society intact by setting up the workers against those ‘powerful Jews,’ taking the Jews hostage (abandoned by the working class and the Left, they have nowhere else to shelter) by the really powerful who then escape scrutiny. Zionism is the belief that Jews are entitled to govern their Homeland like any other Nation. (They do an extraordinary job at that, under the steady threat of terrorism and genocide, maligned and slandered by anti-Semitic media around the world and even from within the Jewish State.)
Though the Jewish identity is commonly inherited, Jews have never been a race in the sense of ethnicity that must come from your ancestors. Anyone fit to take up the Calling can become a Jew. Converts enrich the Jewish People on condition that they learned to ascribe to the Jewish raison d’être, reason to exist as a Nation, it’s Mission. Much knowledge must be learned to join the Jews as Jews but the main thing to acquire is a certain mindset and the character traits that go with that. Being Jewish is such a powerful identity that it often feels as innate to Jew and Nazi alike.
Jews are most recognizable for their Religion which forms the core of their Culture and is the main Receptacle for that Holy Divine Calling. The Jewish Religion plays a very central role in what it means to be a Jew. (So-called irreligious Jews often have no idea how religious they really are.) But only assimilation has given it an erroneous equal footing to all other religions. Judaism is not merely a set of beliefs or habits. It is a Mission. Thus, it is a corruption to reduce Judaism to a(n important) hobby/pastime. It should inform and guide every (in)action, thought, and emotion of the Jew. The Jewish Mission is to teach everyone how to walk with G^d (without need to become Jewish, which asks such a complicated and laborious lifestyle), to be a Light unto the Nations, and to jointly perfect Man and Creation.