March 11, 2020 10:26 am at 10:26 am #1838983
On the 2020 U.S. Census form, question #9 (What is Person 1’s race?) has checkboxes for race, and then a 16-box field for origins.
Would the origin be Gan Eden?March 11, 2020 10:48 am at 10:48 am #1839109Someone in MonseyParticipant
No, because Hashem brought Adam to Gan Eden after He created him. Our origin is either shamayim, for the neshama, or earth, for the body. One’s view of his true origin will reveal how he perceives himself.March 11, 2020 2:35 pm at 2:35 pm #1839152
I wonder what the motivation is, in asking people to provide their origins. How will that information be used, other than to publish some pretty statistical charts?March 11, 2020 8:37 pm at 8:37 pm #1839225JosephParticipant
The Census has already been sent out and received by folks?March 11, 2020 9:09 pm at 9:09 pm #1839246
The Census has already been sent out and received by folks?
You can preview the questionnaire at 2020census DOT gov.March 12, 2020 3:08 am at 3:08 am #1839282pro geshmake yiddenParticipant
Very geshmake question
Last time we checked off “other” and on the tinesky shminesky line we wrote the chain of the mesoirah from moishe to yehoishua to the zekeinim v’chulei v’chuleiMarch 24, 2020 8:10 pm at 8:10 pm #1842715
So what’s the consensus on this time-critical (one week left) issue? How should origins be filled in?March 24, 2020 9:42 pm at 9:42 pm #1842726Reb EliezerParticipant
Where were you born?March 25, 2020 1:32 am at 1:32 am #1842816
So place of birth is the appropriate response?March 25, 2020 3:50 pm at 3:50 pm #1842960rationalParticipant
Place of birth is not the same as origin. Most Jews in the U.S. are of European origin, most Sephardic Jews are of North African origin. Of course, Syrian Jews would be of Middle Eastern origin.
This question occasionally carries importance. There are genetic diseases, syndromes, predispositions to certain diseases and other health-related tendencies that are associated with certain geographical origins. For instance, the Tay-Sachs gene defect is associated with eastern European origins, particularly the Northern Poland-Lithuanian area.
This information can be used to form public health policy, location of screenings, availability of certain special medical equipment or specialties, etc…
A hypothetical example: Suppose a certain origin predisposes to the eye disease called glaucoma, a silent disease. Suppose a certain neighborhood has a large number of people of this origin. It would be a good idea to conduct a glaucoma screening in this neighborhood as a means to identify possible people with this disease.March 26, 2020 6:16 pm at 6:16 pm #1843532
Do you really think the government will use the information in that manner?March 26, 2020 7:13 pm at 7:13 pm #1843585Reb EliezerParticipant
rational, How far does origin go back? I don’t know more than my grandfather? Jewis have been exiled from one place to another.March 28, 2020 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm #1844098
I decided to stick with Gan Eden, where my earliest known ancestor lived. The instructions didn’t provide a definition for “origins”, so I was forced to use my own definition.
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