2009
12.21

Religious status?

Here is a true story…

X is an Israeli man living abroad and he is married to Y, which is not an Israeli (not that there is anything wrong with that). Recently, X and Y had a daughter, denoted by z (she will be upgraded to Z once she grows up). X,Y (and naturally z) recently visited Israel and applied for an Israeli passport for z.

Now, according to Jewish law z is (of course) not Jewish, because Y is not Jewish, and Jewishness is an “illness” one can get only from the mother. So it goes. X is of course Jewish, but of the skeptical kind.

So, the Israeli interior office wrote in the new passport/id record for z, in the entry for religion that it is “not clear” [LO BAROR] (instead of Jewish or Christian, etc). They wrote the same thing for her nationality (i.e., race). X, which was amused by this, asked if they can also change his religion and nationality entries in his Israeli citizenship record to “not clear”, but they refused.

And so, the religion of Unclarity came into the world. It is not clear what its followers believe in, and more importantly why, but they are alive, active and recognized by the state of Israel…