- Creative Corner
Most secular Jews think of their Jewishness as a matter of culture or ethnicity. When they speak of Jewish culture, they think of the secular cultural values: arts, music, movie, literature, media, dances, cuisine, costumes, architecture, life style and family customs.
They refer to Jewish languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino (Judeo Espanol) but avoiding to recognize that large number of Jewish literary works has been written in "non traditionally Jewish languages" like: English, German, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Hungarian, Rumanian, French, Italian, Swedish, Slovak, Greek, Portuguese and many others.
Some Jews mix this secular concept of culture with some holiday observances, tradition and other cultural values including education and the like.
Derived from philosophy of Moses Mendelssohn since the early 19th century the international community of Jewish people is generally considered to be an ethno religious than solely a religious grouping.
There are certainly cultural traits and behaviors that are shared by many Jews that make us feel more comfortable with other Jews. Jews in many parts of the world share many of those cultural aspects. However, that culture is not shared by all Jews all over the world, and people who do not share that culture are no less Jews because of it.
Thus, Judaism must be understood as something more than just a culture or an ethnic group.