More than 20% of the Jews who do not identify themselves as the religious claim that they believe in God or that they believe in universal power (Gans, 2014). There are several situations that the people have identified themselves to being Jewish but not religious or being religious but not Jewish (Van Voorst, 2013). When one is not Jewish, it means that the person is not religious but they are considered Atheist. They claim they are Jewish and they know what they believe in. The situation of the other that means one is Jewish and not religious is when there is anger when another person thinks that one is 50/50 Jewish (Van Voorst, 2013). These are the people who assume that when their parents are Jewish then they become religious.
When a person is asked about Jewish or religious holidays and they do not know, then they become Jewish but not religious. There is an assumption that when a person celebrates the Jewish and the religious holidays, then they are religious (Sandmel, 2008). There are chances that a person celebrates the holiday while they are not religious. There re assumptions that when a person attends summer religious camps then they are religious. The Jewish can attend the summer camps but they are not there religiously.
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There are Jewish who knows everything about the religion but they are not religious. They are able to tell many of the quotes and the situations that the Jews are expected to person to be religious but they do not involve in them (Wolfson & Fackenheim, 2007). These are the people who are Jewish but they are not able to perform the activities expected from them such as fasting to show that they are religious.
- Gans, H. J. (2014). Symbolic ethnicity and symbolic religiosity: Towards a comparison of ethnic and religious acculturation. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 17(4), 577-592.
- Sandmel, S. (2008). Judaism and Christian beginnings. Oxford University Press on Demand.
- Van Voorst, R. (2013). RELG (1st ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth.
- Wolfson, H. A., & Fackenheim, E. L. (2007). Philo: Foundations of Religious Philosophy in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Review of Metaphysics, 1, 89.