Chosen, but Not Special

By Michael Chabon GAZA Flotilla Drives Israel Into a Sea of Stupidity” declared the Israeli daily Haaretz on Monday, as though announcing the discovery of some hitherto unknown body of water. Citizens of other nations have long since resigned themselves, of course, to sailing those crowded waters, but for Israelis — and, indeed, for Jews … Continue reading

How religion made Jews genetically distinct

By Andy Coghlan. Jewish populations around the world share more than traditions and laws – they also have a common genetic background. That is the conclusion of the most comprehensive genetic study yet aimed at tracing the ancestry of Jewish people. In a study of over 200 Jews from cities in three different countries, researchers … Continue reading