Manuscript Boy has an interesting post in which he tries to situate the most recent study about the genetic origins of Ashkenazi Jewry in the context of research into rabbinic literature and tradition.
But if the recent study is correct one can argue that Ashkenazi Jews are not really “Jewish”, since Halacha states that being a Jew is from the mother- and since most founding mothers were either native Europeans or converts, and who knows how “serious” these conversions were.
October 16th, 2013 at 9:18 am
The quote at the end of the article sums it up best, that its about culture and not genetics.
October 17th, 2013 at 10:17 am
I heard a scientist talk about it on an Israeli radio program and he said that it was much more complicated, because the “Roman” genes that they are talking about are from antiquity and not the Middle Ages. I’m sure that we’ll hear more about it in the future.