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A person who does not have a Jewish father (whether a convert or a Jew because of the mother) does not belong to any of the twelves tribes. The reason is that tribal membership follows the status of the father. An example is the case of the blasphemer at the end of Parshas Emor (24:10-23) He was the son of an Egyptian man and an Israelite woman of the tribe ...


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The Rambam brings the Midrash Sifri on Deuteronomy (17, 16) "שׂוֹם תָּשִׂים עָלֶיךָ מֶלֶךְ" that says: "A king and not a queen", and writes that a woman cannot be appointed to be "king". Regarding the heritage rules: When a king dies, his son will rule under him (see Gemara, Kritut, 5), as outlined in Deuteronomy (17, 20): לְמַעַן יַאֲרִיךְ יָמִים עַל ...


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The halacha is that there cannot be a female king. Rambam brings this halacha in Melachim uMilchamot 1:5 אין מעמידין אשה במלכות שנאמר עליך מלך ולא מלכה. We do not raise a woman to kingship, as it says "over you a king" and not a queen. (Translation mine) The verse that he is citing is Devarim 17:15 which says that Israel may appoint a king. He ...


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Yes. The two groups are perforce distinct. Either your ancestor along the male line is David or Aharon (or neither, of course). It is a simple impossibility to be a descendant of both, along the male line, which is what counts.


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As noted by others, the final p'sak is not clear. This is the subject of a chapter in the new book Headlines by R. Dovid Lichtenstein (published by OU and distributed by Menucha) He cites support for both sides but, in the summary, he says that it is clear to him that the woman who provided the egg is considered the child's mother, and not the woman who ...


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Until recently, you knew who the mother was because it's the lady out of whom this baby came. Hence the established practice for using the mother's name when praying for someone sick. There are many Talmudic precedents that some apply to this -- Rabbi Yissochar Frand has a tape on this that simply concludes "we're left in doubt." Do we compare it to grain ...



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