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answered How does someone not know they're Jewish?
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comment Abrahamic covenant and Brit Milah - how is the covenant passed down?
@DoubleAA: So maybe you can turn your comment into an answer and then I will ask another question about the Rambam Melachim 10:8 and its meaning. I think it is very important to understand these issues as clearly as possible. It is very difficult for me to understand והואיל ונתערבו היום בני ישמעאל בבני קטורה יתחייבו הכל במילה בשמיני. ואין נהרגין עליה
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comment Abrahamic covenant and Brit Milah - how is the covenant passed down?
@DoubleAA: If they are Jews they are under Mosaic covenant, which is transmitted in maternal line. I assume Abrahamic covenant is transmitted in paternal line (Abraham - Isaac and Ishmail - Jacob - ..., but I have no more information than the example given in Bereshit for how it descends through generations. If all those of 'seed of Abraham' are under it, then any route leading to him would mean being under the covenant).
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comment Abrahamic covenant and Brit Milah - how is the covenant passed down?
Let's try to wrap it up: Rambam does not say all Isaac descendants to this day are bound by Abrahamic covenant, since Mosaic covenant replaced it. If there were descendants from Isaac who did not make it to the mount Sinai living today, they would be under Abrahamic covenant. Descendants of Ishmael are under Abrahamic covenant. This makes a child of a Jewish father and Gentile mother Bene Noah and for this category no circumcision is required. Is this correct?
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comment Abrahamic covenant and Brit Milah - how is the covenant passed down?
@DoubleAA: but then, what does the obligation Rambam pointed to mean: hebrewbooks.org/rambam.aspx?rid=15011 ?
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revised Abrahamic covenant and Brit Milah - how is the covenant passed down?
clarification
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revised Abrahamic covenant and Brit Milah - how is the covenant passed down?
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comment Abrahamic covenant and Brit Milah - how is the covenant passed down?
@msh210: OK, maybe I can be more precise. The child's mother is a gentile under the Noahide covenant. I assume Abrahamic status follows the father (since it descends from Abraham to Ishmail and Isaac, and from Isaac to Jacob, even when mother is not Jewish, like Hagar). I assume every Jew is bound by Abrahamic covenant.
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comment Abrahamic covenant and Brit Milah - how is the covenant passed down?
@msh210: Let's take the simpler case first and say the father is a Levite, so he surely descends from Abraham in paternal line.
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comment Abrahamic covenant and Brit Milah - how is the covenant passed down?
I intended the part about Genesis 15:18–21 to indicate that it must be a separate category, neither a Jew, nor a Gentile, so the question about circumcision arose, since we know a Jew has to circumcise and a Gentile not, but we do not know for this category. As far as I know there are Arab tribes who circumcise and claim descent from Ishmail as the reason. But what does the Jewish law say? It is about the offspring of a Jew, after all.
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comment Abrahamic covenant and Brit Milah - how is the covenant passed down?
So the father - halakhicaly Jewish - has the rightful descent from Abraham and his offspring too (because both Isaac and Ishmail became great nations and settled the promised land), but the offspring of illegitimate child (with non-Jewish woman) would not inherit the covenant binding their father, like the descendants of Ishmail did not inherit it because of [Gen. 21:12]. In this case, the child would be under the covenant nevertheless, but its offspring would not be.
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comment Abrahamic covenant and Brit Milah - how is the covenant passed down?
So Ishmail is not the "official descendant" yet still we read "But also the son of the handmaid I will make into a nation, because he is your seed." [Gen 21:13]. So as the biological descent itself had a particular meaning. Furthermore if the father is Jewish, he is Isaac's descendant, and if the mother is not Jewish, like with Ishmael, would not it mean the covenant is in place, but the sons of Ishmael would not inherit it, since he was made illegitimate with regard to inheritance from Abraham, but himself still was circumcised and a father of a great nation?
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comment Abrahamic covenant and Brit Milah - how is the covenant passed down?
@Dan, thank you. I am curious if it is a sin not to circumcise a son in such a case, and if, like for Bnei Noah, there is a framework for those under Abrahamic but not Mosaic covenant in Judaism so they could follow the Torah as applied to them?
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asked Abrahamic covenant and Brit Milah - how is the covenant passed down?
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comment How can I curb my sexual desire?
Sexual desire is not to be curbed down but used to fulfill the commandment "go and multiply".Marriage is the only way I know so maybe try to find someone? Rav Nachman the son of Shmuel's comment on Bereshit Rabbah 9:7:“Behold it was very good” - this refers to the good inclination; “And behold it was very good” - this refers to the evil inclination. But, is the evil inclination very good? How so? Were it not for the evil inclination, a person would not build, would not marry, would not have children, and would not engage in business. (...) . lookstein.org/nechama_parasha1_bereshit.htm