While I’ve been taking this journey, it’s made me ask many questions.
I could not have asked many of these questions until recently, because we don’t have the DNA tools we have now.
I know I am almost all Jewish by DNA (90%). The majority is definitely in regions that were all once part of the Polish Empire.
I’ve been to Poland, because I know people and want to return, knowing what I know about my ancestry. I will have help tracing the Polish sources.
It bothers me when other Jews say American Jews will disappear just by living here. I want to ask, how do you know? As far as Israel goes, I would like to visit one day, it would be a pilgrimage. As far as I know, I have no family in Israel. The article I responded to talked about American Jews being comfortable. It is true. My wife is mostly Irish. She is not a religious Catholic. No one asks her if she is Irish or American. If I do not attend services, someone who is an Orthodox Jews does not have the right to define me.
I am finding out with all the DNA stuff and my friends who have had it done, we are one thing and one thing first. Americans. I am loyal to this nation, which took my ancestors in.
- On American Jews, religion, Israel, intermarriage, and the “Kuiper Belt” phenomenon (derekpenslar.com)
- My Response to Dan Rob A Spiritual Genocide. The Future of Jews in the United States (iamanauthorimustauth.wordpress.com)
- Pew poll: 71% of non-Orthodox US Jews intermarry (israelmatzav.blogspot.com)
- -Study: American Jews Leaving Their Religion? (answersforthefaith.com)
- Meet the 94%: The Unseen Faces of American Jews (blogs.forward.com)
- Enough Already With the Worrying About America’s Jews (bloomberg.com)
- For many US Jews, religion not tied to belief (miamiherald.com)
- PBS Announces New Series, “Genealogy Roadshow,” Premiering This Fall (eogn.com)
- Genealogy Roadshow, Who Do You Think You Are Explore Roots (reellifewithjane.com)