Answers to Quora Questions by Yair Davidiy (22 August 2017, 30 Av, 5777)
Is Jewish people a concept of ethnic or religion? For example, is an ethnical non-Jewish people believing in Jewish religion regarded as a Jewish people?
All the other answers that I saw seem correct.
Â Adherence to the Jewish Religion is the main point.
Â The Ethnic affiliation in theory should have only marginal significance.
Â In practice it is very important.
Â The feeling that one's ancestors came out of Egypt with the other Israelites and received the Torah on Mount Sinai and all the rest is inculcated.
Â Whether it is historically true or not is not so important.
Â Nevertheless, it would seem that there really is an inherited component common to most Jews who remain faithful to Judaism.
Â Jewish tradition strengthens this assumption.
Â And if in individual cases such may not be the case as who cares?
Â Judaism says a person is born as they chose to be in accordance to how they would have wanted it to be.