Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What are the defining characteristics of being Jewish?“
Anyone who agrees with rising above the egoistic human nature in order to positively connect with other people—according to the phrase “Love your friend as yourself”—is considered a Jew, which comes from the word for “unity” (“Yichud“).
It is not a matter of having Jewish ancestry in the physical and biological sense, but everybody—all humanity—will eventually have to reach such a state. In other words, everybody will reach a state of unification above the divisive ego, as it is written, that then the Land of Israel will spread to the entire world, which means that all people in the world will live according to the tenet, “Love your friend as yourself.”
I am certain that we will reach this state. The only questions are when and how we will aid it to come about.
Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.