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Based on Jewish law, a person's Jewish status (for a non-convert) is determined through matrilineal descent. This means that one is only Jewish from birth if their mother was Jewish. And their mother was only Jewish if their mother was Jewish. Based on this, a person can have seven out of eight great-grandparents who are Jewish, and still not be Jewish from ...


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there is a world of difference. Judaism places man on the highest pedestal possible "In the 'image' of God He created man" (Genesis 1:27) Nazis viewed Jews as vermins and pests which must be exterminated. Likewise in Pirkei Avot chapter 3 regarding all of mankind: Rabbi Akiva used to say: Beloved is man that he was created in the image of G-d; an ...


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Kli Yakar - Shmuel 2 says he was called Hachiti, either because he was a convert from Chais or he lived amongst the Bnei Chais. Either way he was a Jew.


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Pirkei DeRabbi Eliezer, perek 24, makes it clear that while other nations get their own angel, Israel gets Hashem himself. ר' שמעון אומר קרא הקב"ה לשבעים מלאכים המסובבים כסא כבודו ואמ' להם באו ונבלבל את לשונם ומנין שהקב"ה ירד אליהם שנאמר הבה נרדה ארדה אין כתיב אלא נרדה ומנין מהפיל גורלות בניהם שנאמר בהנחל עליון גוים ונפל גורלו של הקב"ה על אברהם ועל זרעו ...


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If you know for a fact that she was Jewish, then you are 100% Jewish. No conversion is needed. Mazal Tov, and Enjoy! :)


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On a very practical level: Infant circumcision by a competent mohel is minimally painful and soon forgotten. The medical clamp procedure is more painful, but equally forgotten. No lasting effects on the literally millions that have had it. It is not a zero risk procedure, but having the baby driven around in a car is going to represent greater risk in life. ...


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I'm not entirely clear what you're confused about, but you seem to be mixing two ideas together. A Jew, generally speaking, will always remain a Jew. He may be excommunicated, but he will always be bound by the commandments and his responsibilities as a Jew. However, that does not mean that he automatically is rewarded in the world to come. He has to earn ...


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Malbim from ספר הכרמל entry for גוי: Goy is a gathering of individual entities, without any higher purpose. It is derived from גוה, a body or unit. It is also used as a reference to a large group, which is what it means when used in reference to the Jewish people. Am is a higher level, which references a unified group with a guided purpose, whether it be ...


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The Gemara in Kiddushin says that he was Jewish - Kiddush 76b: אמר רב יהודה אמר רב כדי שתהא זכותן וזכות אבותם מסייעתן והאיכא (שמואל ב כג, לז) צלק העמוני מאי לאו דאתי מעמון לא דיתיב בעמון והאיכא (שמואל ב כג, לט) אוריה החתי מאי לאו דאתי מחת לא דיתיב בחת (Summary) As a member of Dovid's army, Uriah had impeccable lineage. He was called "Hachiti" ...


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According to traditional Jewish Law (Halacha), a person is considered a Jew if his mother is Jewish. Therefore, if his mother's mother's mother's mother was Jewish, then he himself is also Jewish, even if all of those female ancestors married non-Jews. On the other hand, if even one person in the chain of mothers was not Jewish, then the person himself is ...


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Daniel 12:1 identifies מיכאל‏, Michael: ...‏בעת ההיא יעמוד מיכאל שר הגדול העומד על עמך And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who standeth for the children of thy people... This is reconciled with josh waxman's excellent answer by Exodus Raba Bo 5, that identifies him as the angel that defends us against accusations, ...


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According to the Kahati comment on that Mishnah, it should be read A ger brings but does not read ... If [he is not a ger but only] his mother is Jewish he brings and says ... Kahati explains that this is put in because we might think that a person whose father is not a Jew but whose mother is a Jew would not be able to say the pasuk because the term ...


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Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch on the same usage in Ki Sisa 32:7 says that at this point they did not act or regard themselves as Hashem's nation but as people who had been brought out by Moshe. Many of the meforshim state that the original intent of the calf was not avodas zarah but as a symbol for Moshe. Rashi, among others, states that the Eirev Rav were ...


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The Shla Hakadosh talks about this in parshas Yisro,I will bring the parable he brings which I believe answers this question. "There was a doctor who had a container which had the Sam hachaim(potion of life). His plan was to give it to his son. He saw that he had servants who might be jealous and want what's in the container.After realizing that the son ...


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They were a mixture from other nations that decided to join the Jews at the exodus (Oknkelos, Rashi and pretty much everyone I could find, although some identify them specifically as Egyptians). Rabbi Gansfried quotes various opinions as to their size, based on the idea that the 600,000 number represents one fifth of the total that left. Whether that ...


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The Hebrew Israelite issue is a demonstration of how complete and unfounded wannabism can be turned into a reality. Towards the end of the 19th century some African-Americans churches who previously had identified themselves with the ancient Hebrews shifted into an identification as ancient Hebrews. This movement gave birth to various groups, mostly clear ...


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The following is taken from the encyclopedia אוצר ישראל Vol. 5 by R. Eisenstein: In the beginning "Jews" were known as עברים - Hebrews, named for אברם העברי - “Avram the Hebrew” (Bereishis 14:13) who came מעבר (from the other side) of the River Euphrates. And so too Yosef was referred to as “a Hebrew youth” (Bereishis 41:12), and Jonah the Prophet said ...


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I have met people that this occurred to and the problem is often the proof of the family status. That is, unless there is absolute proof (on a halachik - legal - basis), many people in this circumstance will "convert out of doubt". If the original Jewish mother was too long ago (as in centuries), it is possible that one of the intervening generations may not ...


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At the rally about drafting yeshiva bachurim on March 2, 2014, over 600,000 Jews attended, and the blessing Chacham HaRazim was said. (two links) The blessing was led by Rav Baruch Mordechai Ezrachi, and introduced by Rav Elimelech Tirnauer. (Hamodia)


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Actually, the first paragraph of Aleinu, can be viewed as an explanation or "list" that expounds on the first sentence: "It is our obligation to praise the Master of all..." (Why???): ... "That he did not make us like the nations of the earth..." This is not any insult to the other nations by any means. I am thanking G-d for making me DIFFERENT than other ...


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According to Rabbi Munk, Beor, the father of Bil'am, was the son of Lavan. There are meforshim who say that the wall that his leg was squeezed against was the rock that Lavan and Yaakov put up as "Gal Aid" to guarantee that members of either family would not cross to harm the other. According to this, he was of the same nationality as Lavan. Rabbi Sacks ...


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I heard a different explanation of the prohibition of counting which would seem to imply it would not matter if there were non-Jews involved. I heard in the name of R' Leib Gurwicz that the reason it is forbidden to count Jews is because of what being countable implies. If you had a pile of rocks, you could count the rocks, and if you had a pile of apples ...


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Note that you would have to obtain absolute proof that your birth mother is Jewish. Only if this is done can you be determined to be Jewish. I know of people who have evidence but no absolute proof of Judaism in the maternal line one or two generations back who have converted "misafek" (from doubt). Since the father was not Jewish, they avoided the problem I ...


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This calls for a crash course in the evolution of the religion today known as Judaism but even a crash course would more befit a book than this site. Briefly, there were 12 tribes (approx). As a unified group, he tribes accepted the Mosaic code of written laws. After settling in the land and having a couple of kings, the nation broke into 2 parts -- the ...


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Rabbi Dovid Green quotes this idea in the name of the Slonimer Rebbe: The prerequisite for accepting the Yoke of Torah is the commitment to unity. See there for more on the topic.


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See here from the Lubavitcher Rebbe: לקבלת התורה הוצרכה ההקדמה דאהבת ישראל To receive the Torah requires the preface of Ahavas Yisroel The same idea is found from the Rebbe Rashab (see the end of the link). It seems to be a common theme in Chassidic thought. The basis is the Mechilta brought by Rashi on Shemos 19:2.


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...there is an amazing Midrash [Cite by the Rif on Ein Yaakov Sanhedrin 107a, Me’am Lo’ez on Shmuel beis perek 11 and the Alshich on Shmuel beis perek 13] which reveals that Uriyah was the arms-bearer of Goliath. After Dovid struck Goliath down with his Divinely-guided slingshot, Dovid could not draw Goliath’s sword to chop off his head. Amazingly, ...


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My Rav discussed the two apparently contradictory midrashim mentioned in Avodah Zarah. The simplest, though, not always most "satisfactory" answer is that midrashim are not always to be taken literally as a discription of events that actually occurred, but rather for the moral lessons they teach us. In this case, even though there is a midrash that ...


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Among the many other miracles that occurred in that period, there were times when the entire nation was simultaneously able to hear Moses speaking. This is how we understand when the verse says that the entire congregation of Israel assembled and was addressed. These miracles are known as המועט המחזיק את המרובה - the small that contains the many. This means ...


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One has to check the lineage, specifically motherhood. That makes him a Jew, whatever the feeling he might have.



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