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it's not a religious book that says Jews are a nation that came out of Palestine, it's the records of every contemporary civilization in ancient times, as well as in following centuries ultimately leading up to the present day

our religious texts were written while we were there, and are among many sources about us. they reflect our own attitudes from the time when we were still living in that land, from the times when contemporary civilizations also record us living there.

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of course since that time when we lived in Palestine, since we went out into the world, we've been a diasporic civilization, and imo this has been the only way Jews have survived

it's our biggest strength. going backwards is simultaneously harmful to the people who have made it their home in following centuries, and also bad for Jews in general.

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in a very short time, ancient and long-existing communities, some of which have existed since before the Second Temple, have all been folded into this new state

what's good about this? what makes anyone believe this new state is more stable than our much longer-existing diasporic communities?

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@kittybecca I find your history, though I'm not Jewish, myself, remarkably fascinating. I would be in agreement that the various different sects is how you have survived. I think any sort of a conversion to a single entity would hurt, if not diminish your numbers.

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@cambridgeport90 i'm referring to different communities rather than sects; i think despite the differences in Jewish religious practice, even the different branches and rites, Jews have also remained remarkably connected to teach other long-distance throughout the ages. most Jews, anyway. some communities became isolated until modern times. but for example Maimonides's Hebrew texts, and translations into Hebrew from Arabic, made it all the way to India from Muslim Spain

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@cambridgeport90 we've survived i think by maintaining a national identity, a global community, across long distances. this has helped Jews have somewhere to go during persecutions as well - and a single place like palestine is a huge mistake in that respect

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