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Jewish Identity Quiz


Love American Style

Which photo is a picture of your nation’s capital?

Which Mount means more to you?

Which government building means more to you?

If there was a war between the United States and Israel, which army would you join?

Hearing which song gives you more goose pimples and a greater feeling of patriotism? The Star Spangled Banner or HaTikva?

Which national landmark stirs your emotions more?

Which picture evokes in you a prouder, more patriotic response?

Which historic figure was instrumental in bringing political independence to your nation?

Which of these foods do you consider your nation’s favorite?

Jews who have identified with America in six or more questions are recommended to come to Israel for an extended visit and learn about their true national identity as Israelites. Some serious Torah study is also certain to improve your score the next time you take the test.

Hope to see you here soon.

About the Author: Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Creativity and Jewish Culture for his novel "Tevye in the Promised Land." For the past several years, he has written a popular and controversial blog at Arutz 7. A wide selection of his books are available at Amazon. The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of The Jewish Press


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20 Responses to “Jewish Identity Quiz”

  1. Chayim Goldberg says:

    Mr. Fishman,
    Perhaps it is something that you have picked up from living amongst a relatively homogenous culture after having moved to Israel or perhaps your opinions were always bordering on racism, but when I see the "Chinaman" (perhaps you are unaware but that is no longer an acceptable term to use to refer to people of Chinese descent) you described, I see an American of Chinese descent, the same way I see someone from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Africa, etc. who has moved to the US and established himself and his family as US citizens. As Judaism allows for voluntary conversions and most of us, both sephardic and ashkenzic, have ancestors who were converts, the ONE thing that Jews have in common is religion, whether they practice it or not. Our right to the Land of Israel is from our religious belief, not genetic ancestry.

  2. Chayim Goldberg says:

    *People from P.R. are already American citizens. Bad example

  3. Pinchas Giller says:

    I can't even begin to count the ways that this article is moronic.

  4. Jim Moody says:

    Our right to the land is from history and law, in addition to "religious belief".
    It is time to go home.

  5. Maybe this article is way too deep for you to understand to label this blog moronic but even so I would not consider you nor Tzvi to be of an intelligence quotient of 50 to 69 which is on the outside at the lower end of the IQ bell curve. Rather, with Tzvi’s capabilities, training and successful endeavors in life, his presentations and understandings are also outside of the median area of the IQ bell curve but on the higher end. To impact the public on concepts in a humorous, simple yet skillful manner is more effective than bewildering the people with complex highly professional technical terminologies that only a few professionals would understand.
    In short, Tzvi’s 30 – 40 years of studies with a one of the highest revered Cabbalist in Israel maybe has surpassed many like yourself to understand the National Soul of the Jewish people (Clal Yisrael) of which he is trying to introduce the public to in this blog in a very simple manner. To clarify and substantiate this matter further, please read Torat Eretz Yisrael, The Teachings of HaRav Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook, chapter 2 pages 27 – 46.

  6. Your nation's favorite information source?
    1. New York Times.
    2. Sefer Torah

    Which of these drinks do you consider your nation’s favorite?
    1. Budweiser & Miller High Life.
    2. Goldstar & Maccabee.

    Symbol of one of your nation's holidays.
    1. xmas tree
    2. A lit menorah.

    Symbol of your nation's king.
    1. cross/crucifix
    2. Magen David

  7. Liad Bar-el says:

    Converts to Judaism solidifies them to the link of Jewish ancestry as them being the direct children of Abraham. You would have learned this if you had an Orthodox conversion.

  8. Chayim Goldberg says:

    Liad- first, I will admit that I never had an Orthodox conversion, as I was born into a Jewish family. Second, of course when one converts they join our people, but the link is based on religious belief, not genetics. Finally, can you please not post your assumptions about my personal background, as you have done here and on the other article? It's rude, your assumptions are incorrect, and it makes you look like an idiot. From your initial response in the other article, you seem like an intelligent person, so try to comment in a way that reflects you intelligence. Thank your

  9. Chayim Goldberg says:

    *you

  10. Liad Bar-el says:

    Like I said Chayim and you agreed that you didn't learn about Orthodox conversions and seemingly still don't understand that “voluntary conversions …, both sephardic and ashkenzic,” as you termed it, learn that THEY are part of the ancestral family of Jews of which the religion (Judaism) is inseparable. I am sorry that you do not agree with this. The Torah states that the converts become as one of us but you say no. When you list “Yeshiva” next to your name, I assumed that you may have studied this point; however, I stand corrected and wish to not further this discussion any further to avoid creating anger and sin on your part for calling me an idiot on a national forum.

  11. The answer to most of these questions is "both" for me, and if you think otherwise, perhaps YOU should spend some time outside YOUR narrow world! See the United States. See the national parks. Meet people (including those unlike yourself!). Eat the food (including food you are not familiar with!)

    No, dear heart, supporting the USA and supporting Israel are not mutually exclusive propositions, and your insistence on the narrow view demeans support for either.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Also, if there were really a war between Israel and the USA, it would make sense for Jews to join the US Army. Why? Well, if the US were having a war against Israel but not anti-Semitic enough to bar Jews from military service (a weird counterfactual, for sure)…given that Israel would almost certainly lose, the smartest thing for the survival of the Jewish people would be to allow some to survive in the USA and eventually attempt to establish a Jewish state when conditions allow.

    The role of the Diaspora in the survival of the Jews is underestimated. The only reason Hitler failed was that millions of Jews were out of his reach in the US and Canada.

  13. Stars and Stripes (MY nation's flag), Washington DC (MY nation's capital), Mount Rushmore (showing the faces of some of MY nation's greatest leaders, White House (where MY president lives), I would join the US army if there was a draft, I have memorized the Star Spangled Banner, the flag raising on Iwo Jima is far better, George Washington was far better (despite the fact that he wasn't that good a general, he was just charismatic and very lucky a lot), and I love McDonalds. 100% Jewish AMERICAN.

  14. Stephen Leavitt says:

    The Midrash let's us know that only 20% of the Israelites left Egypt in the end.

  15. Good thing that we American Jews are not enslaved.

  16. Stephen Leavitt says:

    With 50% intermarriage, and Reform/Conservative Synagogue enrollment rapidly dropping….

  17. Arlene Sturn says:

    Sad to think people still believe the way you do…the racist terms used (such as chinaman) do nothing but show that jews are as racist as any other group of people, something appaling to see in "the people of God"

  18. Andrew Watts says:

    In 2007 an ADL study found "one of the most stable and telling indicators of anti-Jewish prejudice in the United States has been the question of fundamental Jewish loyalty to the United States." Mr. Fishman and those who share his views encourage anti-Semitism. http://www.adl.org/Anti_semitism/poll_2007/17.asp

  19. Gary DiNardo says:

    "…we cannot stop being jews." Nonsense. Of course you can. ANY religion is simply a matter of a choice that an adult makes about an afterlife that he's most comfortable with.

  20. You lost me at the word "Chinaman."

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