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In the modern world we think of the Judaism as a religion The Jews however are also a nationality When Twain spoke of the Jews he should have spoken of the Hebrews as a whole and not just the tribe of Judah What Twain failed to realize was that there are many more Hebrews than just the tribe of Judah The rest of the tribes were dispersed throughout Europe and the Middle East Nevertheless the tribe of Judah was the only tribe to retain the Hebrew faith In the book of Genesis Jacob who was the grandson of Abraham was renamed Israel He had twelve sons who make up the beginnings of the twelve tribes of Israel After Solomon died the tribes separated due to religious differences Those who wanted to keep the faith of their fathers lived in the south while those who wanted to practice their own form of religion lived in the north The people who lived in the south were primarily of the house of Judah and the others eventually became assimilated into the house of Judah This southern kingdom makes up the Jewish nation which is where we get todays Jews However it makes up less than one tenth of the Hebrew nation Consider that the Jewish people have been persecuted and killed throughout history yet there are many Jews still here Now think of the number of Jews there would be if you pretend that there was no holocaust or any other genocide then multiply that number by ten and you would have a better approximation of how many people would be considered Hebrew One might wonder what became of the rest of the Hebrews In the Bible it tells of how the ten tribes in the northern kingdom were invaded and became lost It has been said that only the important people of the northern kingdom were taken into captivity however I believe that a large majority if
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