The guise of race in the blood
There are a few religions which one can only be born into:
The Druze and Alawites are a couple. Judaism is very simple: if your Mother was Jewish then so are you.
It pays to be Jewish. Just say you are a Jew. Whether it is true or not, you are sure to profit. Whether others know it is true or not, you will benefit. At the very least it is an expression of reverence.
Blood lines are considered important by many cultures. It is extraordinairy how many claim to be descendents of Mohammed.
The Father Uncle (Edward VIII) of the ruling Queen of England (Queen Elizabeth II) abdicated (1936), and went to live in an obscure Carabbean Island because he fell in love with a “commoner”. Maybe Princess’ Diana’s end is related to being with a Muslim?
So Jews are not unique in their concern for bloodlines, but I think they police all others accordingly, and take it MOST seriously. Punishing a person’s family is common practice, as we can see in the Israeli law requiring the destruction of a family’s home because a “terrorist” came from it.
There is no room for scandal, no room for anyone not worshiping their ancestors. Indeed it is fashionable to trace one’s family tree. Which is great for some, and obviously not for others.
Probably there is reincarnation, many wise folk say so, & I think that includes Kabbalists. So ancestry is still of interest. Reincarnation normally encompasses a belief that we are living the Kharmic consequences of a previous life. But this Is Not related to blood lines. Indeed we could have been an animal previously.
Well at least anyone can say “in a previous life I was a Jew”. Then they willl not be designated a non-person. There is no room for blood scandal.