"Peoplehood comes first and is completely independent of any kind of religious affirmation. Jewishness is not something that can be lost and it is not something that can be renounced. In this sense, Judaism is radically different from Christianity, which requires a conscious act of affirmation."Judaism, in this regard, is not unlike La Cosa Nostra, the Mafia. Once you're in, even (and perhaps especially) by conversion. You're in. And when you think you're getting out (by converting out), Jewish Tradition considers you to still be a Jew. In other words, you're never getting out. Just like the Mob.
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