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I don't mean to come off wrong; but Judaism never seemed converts like say Christianity and Islam but is historically an ethnoreligion, like say, Zoroastrianism. With that said, Judaism stems from the middle east. Why does it seem like now the majority of Jewish people look like white Caucasians, even in Israel? Did something happen in the historical timeline to make this occur? Just feel like if they all through tradition stem from Israel, the adherents would look like an olive skinned middle eastern person. Sorry if this offends anyone but it has been something I have pondered a lot. Judaism accepts converts but doesn't actively go out trying to convert people. In fact many times they are skeptical of it. Another ethnoreligion which was once a great religion in Persia, Zoroastrianism has the same dilemma and in recent years some liberal adherents have questioned if they should allow converts; because since the Islamic expansion it has really been slowly dying out in number of adherents. So anyways, if Jews don't really want converts, how are so many it seems to be Caucasians?
By a tremendous margin, the most sane voice on this subject is a man named Shlomo Sand. I recommend reading his books.
But actually, I would be pretty shocked if anyone here actually did seek him out at the library and read his works, though if anyone does so, they'll see that the author very bravely and impressively lays out the best possible answers to the questions you've asked. But the subject cannot generally be discussed, because whenever this subject does come up, even ordinarily sane people sometimes love to liberally throw around the word hate. Basically, the subject cannot be addressed because to do so is necessarily to delve into the history and nature and validity of ethnic-centered worldviews. And, too, it doesn't matter how gentle and loving a person is, there will frequently be vehement accusations of racism and hatred and pro-genocidal views and on and on and on. In other words, the subject can sometimes inspire the most furiously berserk accusations, and most people don't enjoy having those types of charges and indictments levelled at them.
In my estimation, though, Sand's first book is well-worth reading, if only for his honest and humanitarian approach to Jewish history and identity, as well as the best possible solution to the racist mess that is modern Israel. If there were Israeli leaders with his disposition, that part of the world would be a much nicer place. :shrug: