The Carefully Cultivated Myth of the Jewish Race and Jewish DNA
For most people, the immediate answer would be that being Jewish means you are either ethnically Jewish (of the Jewish race, with Jewish DNA) or you are religiously Jewish (a follower of Judaism). However, here’s the problem: there’s no such thing as a Jewish race or Jewish DNA. That is a carefully cultivated myth which suits many purposes.
Firstly, it united Jewish people who up until that point had lived in many different countries.