Although DNA doesn’t dictate Jewish culture, values, or faith, it is one more data point in the story of Jewish identity.

00:00 Intro
00:35 Does DNA testing determine identity?
01:17 Jewish “Otherness”
01:56 Denial of Jewish ties to the Land of Israel
02:44 Ashkenazi Jewish genetic research
04:40 Sephardic and Mizrachi Jewish genetic research
05:32 Cohens & Kohanim, priestly Jewish genetic research
06:57 The Lemba people of Zimbabwe
07:39 Jewish peoplehood and family

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Executive Producer:
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