A growing number of people are interested in the possibility of having Jewish ancestry 1. DNA testing is available, affordable and can reveal evidence of Ashkenazi heritage. Individuals are eager to discover even a trace of this Jewish DNA, and some are being made aware of their Jewish roots for the first time.
It’s no wonder people are fascinated by the discovery of Jewish genes. After all, there are some very interesting statistics to consider:
At least twenty-two percent of those awarded the Nobel Prize since 1901 have been Jewish. Yet Jews make up less than one-half percent of the world’s population! Seventy-one percent of the winners of the Tony Award for Best Original Score have been Jewish, and many well-loved Broadway and Hollywood musicals were written by Jews. Fifty-two of the 250 most frequently cited scholars and writers of all time are Jewish. Dr. Jonas Salk invented the first polio vaccine, Laszlo Biro the ball-point pen and Robert Adler the TV remote control. Leopold Godowsky, Jr. invented color photography and Charles Ginsburg invented videotape, making instant replay a reality for sports fans. These are only some of many Jewish inventions. Try and imagine the world without Jewish influence!
Albert Einstein provided insights that reshaped the way the twentieth-century scientific community viewed the world. The discovery of his famous equation, E=MC2, gave humankind more power than it had ever possessed. He is recognized not only for his genius, but also for his love of peace and pursuit of truth.
Sigmund Freud was the father of psychoanalysis. Like Einstein, his ideas reformed the way his contemporaries thought. His influence reached beyond the arena of psychology, into fields such as education and medicine.
So it’s no wonder that many desire Jewish DNA. In fact, the Bible offers some great promises to the Jewish people. In Genesis chapter twelve, God told Abraham,
“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:2–3).
This promise has been fulfilled. The world has certainly been blessed by the descendants of Abraham.
However, the most compelling reason to desire Jewish ancestry is the link to the Jewish Messiah. The greatest blessing to the world from the Jewish people was Yeshua (Jesus). He claimed to be the son of God with the power to forgive sins. He was put to death for this claim. But he knew that he was going to die; he knew that he would have to lay down his life to pay the penalty for our sins. Incredibly, he rose from the dead so that all who place their faith in him will have eternal life.
Yes, it’s a wonderful thing to discover you have Jewish DNA. But it’s even better— for Jew or Gentile—to be “born again,” as the Bible puts it (John 3:3–8), and to inherit the spiritual DNA of Yeshua, the greatest Jew who ever lived!