Robert Pollack


Being Jewish Is More Mind Than Matter

By Robert Pollack

Being Jewish Is More Mind Than Matter
JEWISH GENETICS: Research that Jews may share common ancestry is interesting. But being Jewish is about much more than shared DNA, writes Robert Pollack.Read More


The Nature of Being Ashkenazic

By Robert Pollack

We Jews call ourselves a family, and in many ways — for better and for worse — we act as if we were. We continue to preserve common laws, habits, language, texts and historical memories, as well as the belief that all of these are the gifts of an unknowable Deity who began our place in history by exchanging covenantal promises with ourRead More


The Fallacy of Biological Judaism

By Robert Pollack

Observant Jews of centuries past understood that while being born a Jew was precious and important to one’s Jewishness, it was not necessary and certainly not sufficient for a full Jewish life. The central ideas and actions of a Jew have always had to be taught and learned, never inherited. Nevertheless, until recently many reasonable peopleRead More






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