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The only three good examples I can think of are Abraham, who's mother could not have been Jewish because technically Judaism did not exist before the covenant. Even if Abraham's mother converted, would it have counted, since she was not Jewish at the time of birth? Second, Zipporah, Moses' wife, was a Midianite, not a Hebrew. While the children of Moses were ...


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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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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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...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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The reason that a Jew can take a nonjewish married lady is because there is no ishus for nonjews. This would not apply to a married Jewish lady obviously, but leaves the question open to an unmarried one. In general many of the halachos drashos and psukim all revolve around the assumption that we are dealing specifically with a non jew, but the fact that no ...



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