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Is half-formed set of beliefs restricting a member of Jewish community? (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

israeli

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Here is my best explanation:

'member of jewish community?' is the definition.

'is half-formed set of beliefs restricting a' is the wordplay.
'half-formed' indicates taking half.
'set of beliefs' becomes 'religion'.
'restricting' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'religion' with half the letters taken is 'reli'.
'reli' going around 'a' is 'raeli'.
'is'+'raeli'='ISRAELI'

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for israeli that I've seen before include "Native of, eg, Tel Aviv", "Citizen of a country 'born' in 1948", "...and one from Jaffa", "countryman", "From Jaffa, say?", "Citizen of Middle Eastern state", "From Haifa, perhaps", "Citizen of a Middle Eastern nation", "Ali, rise! (anag) - Middle Easterner" and "From Jaffa, perhaps?".)

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