My DNA Journey, What I’ve Learned So Far.


This is a chance to catch up.  I have had my DNA results from Ancestry.com for one month now.  I’m looking forward to the journey ahead.

There are still more answers to discover.  Much of what I can figure out is from my enjoyment and knowledge of history.  That’s why I had fun playing with the Life of Brian, figuring on my ancestors being exiled.  Maybe some of them were crucified.  The Romans thought this was great sport.  There were Jews on crosses up and down the length of Israel.  I can see it now; a Roman officer barking out orders.  “Get those Jews up on those crosses, NOW!”  ”

I can’t prove my ancestors left with the fall of the Second Temple in 70 AD.  Until, I try a DNA test, like the National Geographic Genome Project can’t have a more educated guess on that.

Why even bring that up?  An article I read ten days ago, that I responded to, had the following premise:  Unless Jewish Americans buy one way plane tickets to Israel and become Orthodox, we wont be Jews anymore.

OK, that annoys me as much as Anti-Semites defining me.  The joy of the United States is I get to define who I am.

The DNA is helping me to narrow all this down.  It is strictly curiosity and makes me think.  It’s the journey itself, as Humphrey Bogart says to Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, it’s still a story without an ending.  That isn’t a problem.

I enjoy reading about Jewish History and what happened through the centuries.  I know I am Ashkenazic and I know about the population bottleneck one thousand years ago in Europe.  Forty percent of Ashkenazi Jews are descended from four women who lived over one thousand years ago.  Practically all Ashkenazi Jews are descended from about ten-thousand people, possibly who went to Italy then over the Alps to the Rhineland.

Then over to Poland.  My father, Marvin Charton was a chemist and had many Eastern European colleagues and friends.  Otherwise, I might have had the attitude many Jewish Americans had toward Eastern Europe, a place to get out of.

What I’m trying to say is by DNA, I know there is a Jewish ethnicity, as well as culture and religion.  What I am also saying, is I realize my ties to Israel are strictly spiritual.  I have no physical ties to Israel at this point.

I bring this up because of the article I mentioned earlier.  On that point I agree with the author Dan Rob.  Without the cultural and spiritual part, I would be no different from an Irish or Italian American for example.  Again, the tie is spiritual.  I am an American, and Dan Rob was correct about another thing.  It is comfortable to be an American.  I can never forget this country took my ancestors in and gave them the chance to be a part of something great.

I know I am rambling, but trying to make sense of it all.  As I narrow things down more and get more DNA results, I will discuss them.  I am not doing this to brag either, but to encourage others to have their DNA traced.

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About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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