Some of us think of ourselves as Jews without question. Others think of themselves, or are thought to be, “half Jews,” or in some other way only partially Jewish.
In this essay, which I have just posted on my website, I
1) take up the question of how to define “Jewish” and point to the deficiencies of the conventional religious definition;
2) propose a multivariate definition of Jewishness, borrowing from the statistical notion of factor analysis
3) note that those Gestapo agents that the literature describes as “Jewish” were, apparently, mostly partial Jews
4) explore the role of partial Jews in the self-described “Jewish” anti-Israel movement in the United States