Chapter 7
Breaking Down Barriers to Judaism
In This Chapter
• Zionism
• Judaism and the position of women
• “Judeo-Christian” used as a term
• Anti-Semitism
There are many misconceptions, myths, and stereotypes associated with Judaism. In this chapter, five of the most common are covered.

Misconception #1: Zionism equals Judaism.

People who are unfamiliar with the historical and political differences between Judaism and Zionism sometimes make the newcomer’s mistake of assuming that the two are one and the same. They are not. In addition, many who disapprove of the policies of the Israeli government speak of Jewishness and the desire to maintain a Jewish state as though these two things are identical. Very often, this is not an innocent mistake, ...

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