Judaism in contemporary culture
Judaism is an Abrahamic religion that is closely related to Christianity. It also shares many doctrinal and historic aspects with Islam. Adherents of Judaism can be found in all continents with significant numbers in the Middle East, North Africa, France, the United Kingdom and North America. Mainstream information about Judaism is mainly found in church teachings. Both Muslims and Christians are always aware of the existence of Jews which is pointed out in the holy books, the bible and Quran. Another most known aspect of Judaism is the suffering of its followers in Europe during the Nazi occupation, which later culminated in the holocaust.
While a lot is known about Judaism, contemporary culture often has many misgivings about the religion. Many people do not know of the fact that Judaism is a religion and does not pertain to a specific race. There is a common misunderstanding of the concept of Jews as a race and a community. On the mention of the word Judaism, many assume that it is the religion practiced by the Middle Eastern semitic race identified as Jews and mainly resident in Israel. However, Judaism is practiced by people from diverse religious backgrounds. There are Black Jews from Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, Jews of Arabic ethnicity and those of white European ancestry. It is therefore a world religion not confined to a specific religion.
Another misconception is that, people who practice Judaism and are citizens of countries other than Israel are known to be less patriotic to their countries (Aberbach, 2012). They are assumed to be more patriotic to their religious homeland, Israel. However, this is a misconception since; a generalization cannot be made about a diverse group of people from across the globe. Humans are known to harbor individuality in character. Since the creation of the state of Israel and its gradual progress to a developed nation, many Jews have not taken the aaliya call of moving to Israel. This refutes the claim that adherents to the Jewish religion cannot be patriotic to any nation other than Israel.
Aberbach, David. The European Jews, Patriotism and the Liberal State, 1789-1939: A Study of Literature and Social Psychology. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2012. Print.