Last week's parsha talks about appointing a Jewish king over Israel, and that it is prohibited to appoint a king who is not of Jewish lineage, even if he is a convert.

At what point are one's children considered to be of Jewish lineage (if both parents are converts)?

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Rambam in Hilchot Melachim 1:4 writes:

A convert may not be appointed king, even after many generations, until one has a Jewish mother.

Kesef Mishneh (ad loc.) writes that the same is true if he has a Jewish father.

So as soon as one parent is not a convert (nor descended solely from converts) the child is eligible to be appointed king.

  • IIRC aren't a lot of modern-day Jews descended from the Khazar converts? How far back do you need to trace things?
    – nick012000
    Aug 24, 2020 at 12:21
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    I believe that the notion that many Jews today descend from Khazars is a myth with roots in antisemitism, not genetics. Aug 24, 2020 at 13:20

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