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Subsequently, Hebrews referred to themselves as "God's chosen people." After Abraham, the Hebrews were led by Abraham's son Isaac, then by Isaac's son Jacob.
Jacob, also known as "Israel" ("Champion of God"), was the father of 12 sons, who became leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel.
Jews represent a group of people rather than a distinct race or ethnicity.
Although Jews originally came from the Middle East, many races and peoples have mixed together in Jewish communities over the centuries, especially after the Jews were forced out of Palestine in the second century What binds the group together is a common Jewish heritage as passed down from generation to generation.
In 135 the Romans officially banned Judaism, which marked the beginning of the diaspora, or the dispersal of Jews.
By about 1700 , Moses led the Hebrews out of Egypt (the Exodus) into the Sinai Desert, where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai.In general, one is Jewish if born of a Jewish mother or if he or she converts to Judaism.Most Jews consider the State of Israel the Jewish homeland.European Jews are divided mainly between the Jews of Spain and Portugal, the Sephardim, and the Jews from German-speaking countries in central and eastern Europe, the Ashkenazim.The distinction between the Sephardim and Ashkenazim—Hebrew terms for Spanish and German Jews—continues to be the major classification of Jews, with 75 percent of today's world Jewry being Ashkenazic.