"The requirement that if a pupil is to qualify for admission his mother must be Jewish, whether by descent or conversion, is a test of ethnicity which contravenes the Race Relations Act,... [Whether the reasons were] benign or malignant, theological or supremacist makes it no less and no more unlawful."
British Court of Law in a landmark ruling this week on "Who is a Jew"
I don't know anything about British Law, but Shmuley Boteach (who lived in sunny England for many years) seems to feel that the law as it was decided the other day has some serious negative ramifications.
Shmuley basically understands it to mean that according to British law, a Jew is only a Jew if he is a practicing Jew, and a Jew is not a Jew if only his mother/parent is Jewish, and considering someone Jewish because of their mother/parent is illegal.
This ruling certainly fits in with certain non-Jewish understandings of Judaism which call it a religion. But basically, the British court has defined all secular Jews to be non Jews (and if I was a secular Jew I'd be outraged, but who knows if Brits get visibly excited about anything).
But, as we Jews know, Judaism is certainly not a religion in the non-Jewish sense, it is a nationality many of whose central laws are theological in nature.
My solution for this problem with British law is simple. All British Jews (religious and non-religious) leave stupid England and make Aliyah. It won't be the first time (the expulsion from England part that is).
(SM: we'd like you opinion here as a British judge.)
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