There's a lot of talk and teaching about "Jewish roots." That phrase has a lot of different meanings, and I've noticed people tend to get involved in groups that share a common or at least a similar meaning as their own.
I really like this article by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman called, "I Just Discovered I'm Jewish." He wrote it from an Orthodox Jewish perspective, but it's very generous and welcoming for anyone who is wondering - what and who is a Jew anyway?
The article is good, but there are 117 comments (as of today) that are at least as interesting as what Rabbi Freeman posted. This comment makes an excellent point to anybody who has discovered they have Jewish roots from a DNA test:
"Genetic Jewish ancestry doesn't necessarily mean that one is Jewish or not Jewish, but it does mean that one is genetically descened from Jewish ancestors in a way that is irrefutable and incontrovertible."
Personally, I'd suggest pairing that comment with these words Rabbi Freeman wrote in his article, describing a Jewish person, "... a light in the darkness that cannot be extinguished by the most incessant and formidable waves of change, because we are tied in an enexorable bond to our divine mission."
Solitary Splendor is my way of expressing my own light in the darkness. That's really how it feels to me. It's been years and years so far, preparing to write this book, so I am surely tied to my divine mission the way Rabbi Freeman describes it.
Ancestry.com posted the following video of a professional couple who specialize in Jewish geneaology: