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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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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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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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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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This is pretty much open-and-shut. Mishna, Kiddushin 3:13. כל מקום שיש קידושין ואין עבירה, הוולד הולך אחר הזכר; ואיזו זו--זו כוהנת לוייה וישראלית, שנישאו לכוהן וללוי ולישראל. ... וכל מי שאין לה לא עליו ולא על אחרים קידושין, הוולד כמוה; ואיזה זה, זה ולד שפחה ונוכרית. Any union which is valid marriage and no prohibition, the child follows ...


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If I interpret this question correctly, it is based on the misconception that a person becomes a Jew and therefore obligated to keep 613 mitzvot by virtue of adopting the Jewish creed, just as a person would, lehavdil, become a Christian by virtue of adopting the Christian creed. Actually, being a Jew, in this sense, is a matter of nationality rather than ...


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The Gemara (Bab. Pes 117a) reports that Rabbah used to open his Shi'ur with a joke to put everyone in a good mood before starting to learn in earnest and with fear of Heaven.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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According to a contemporary news report, on October 7, 2013 Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was laid to rest with 850,000 people attending the funeral.


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I think it's possible that the final part is about someone who was born Jewish. That reading is supported by the way the Mishna elsewhere speaks about the child of a Jewish mother being Jewish, and I don't think that disputes about this are recorded. The quote you gave is about converts... but the second half is also about which groups of people say what in ...


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this is well explained in Shaarei Kedusha part 3 here's some excerpts: I will ask a few deep questions.... To know if the soul of man is greater than the angels or not. If we say that it is, then why didn't the angels also go down to this world to dress in a body? And if (you say) the angels are greater, this cannot be, because all the writings ...


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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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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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http://www.torah.org/learning/lifecycles/milah/vol1no3.html this link provides information and reasons for a circumcision and I believe that even though they are positive reasons they show the downside of not performing a circumcision.With regard to the negative effects,being cut off from the nation of Israel is a possibility if one does not have a ...


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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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With regards to a mamzer (Devarim 23:3), see this blog post on Yevamos 78 : Reb Yonasan Eibshitz explains: Up until ten generations, the strength of the father still exists in his descendants. The Vilna Gaon states: A father and mother are equal partners in a child. A grandson would have twenty-five percent from the father. The third generation will ...


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My Rosh Yeshiva, R' Leib Tropper, told me that the Chizkuni and other commentators say that it means the Roshei HaEida, the leaders of the community.


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To echo what Shalom said: Let's say, hypothetically, that Hashem "planned on" giving Jewish souls to children of Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. However, Torah lo bashamayim hi - The [power to determine] Torah is not in the Heavens. In the times of the Mishanah and Gemarah, Chazal had the power to change reality by virtue of their declarations. A ...



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