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Does a Jewish grandmother (mother's side) really get one accepted as a Jew? [duplicate]

My grandmother (mother's side) is 100% Jewish and even living in Israel. As far as I know, that makes, me a Jew, too. But it feels a little bit strange to say that I am Jewish just because my ...
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My great great grandmother was Jewish - am I? [duplicate]

I've discovered that my great, great grandmother was Jewish - i.e. my mother's mother's mother's mother. She converted to Catholicism upon marriage. Are matrilineal descendants of a Jewess who ...
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Is the child of a convert, conceived after she converted, Jewish? [duplicate]

If a woman converted before she conceived any children are they considered Jewish? Even with a non-Jewish father? I understand that non-Jewish mothers with Jewish husbands do not have Jewish children ...
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Mother was adopted into Jewish family and raised Jewish, and she raised me as a Jew... Will my children be Jewish? [duplicate]

My mother was adopted, raised as a reform Jew and became Bat Mitzvah, continued with her Jewish studies through Confirmation...but I do recall her finding out one day that her parents never officially ...
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Children of converts to another religion [duplicate]

What's the status of the offspring of a Jewish woman who converted to another religion (knowing the woman herself nonetheless remains Jewish)? Are they still Jewish?
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Extent of matrilineal descent [duplicate]

Am I a Jew if my mother's mother's mother's mother's mother was a Jew? Even if along the line one of my foremothers converted to another faith? I'd just like a better understanding of matrilineal ...
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Do people who are Jewish by ancestry but are descendents of apostates need to convert? [duplicate]

Suppose a Jewish woman converts to Christianity. Her children find out about their Jewish ancestry and decide that Judaism is right for them. Do they have to go through a conversion process? Does it ...
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If my maternal grandmother's maternal grandmother was Jewish, does that mean I'm technically Jewish? [duplicate]

My family is from the Netherlands and my grandmother was always aware that her grandmother was Jewish but she did not mention it to the family until recently, mainly because of hangover trauma from ...
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Is it true that for one to become a Jew he has to be either born Jew or his mother is a Jew? [duplicate]

I saw a video on youtube of a Jewish guy saying that no one can can be a Jew unless he is born Jew or his mother is a Jew.
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Ramifications of a Baby Switch [duplicate]

At the hospital 2 newborns get swapped, one Jewish for one not. 20 yrs later someone realizes what happened & informs both kids of the mistake, does their status change? Does the ‘non Jewish’ boy ...
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Is the matrilineal descendant of a convert Jewish? [duplicate]

A woman converted to Judaism to marry a man who was a practicing Jew and Jewish by birth. Their great-grandchild recently learned this. Is that great-grandchild considered a Jew according to halacha?...
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What if someone thinks he is a Jew but his ancestor had not orthodox conversion/was gentile? [duplicate]

So I thought. These days, most Orthodox Jews would not consider people converted in a Conservative or Reform branch of Judaism jewish, right? But how do you know, as an Orthodox Jew, that you are 100 %...
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Can I become Jewish just by saying “I am a Jew”? [duplicate]

I am interested in the faith of Judaism. I am curious about being “informally Jewish”. This is because I am interested in this religion because of its history and willingness to be open. I am not ...
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Adoption Mixups & Matrilineal Descent [duplicate]

A most perplexing question was posed to me today, curious to see others thoughts -- A baby girl is adopted after the first day of birth. The adoptive parents are a frum couple who are told the baby'...
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I was raised Luthern. My last name is apparently Jewish [duplicate]

I am looking for answers. I have discovered my last name is considered a Jewish name. Glasser. I was raised Lutheran,as are all of my family. Is it possible to become Jewish even though I believe in ...
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European Jewish DNA 0%? [duplicate]

I'm really confused and I'm hoping someone here might have the answer, or at least be able to point me in the right direction. Let me begin with how my DNA test results have come as a shock. When I ...
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What is the process involved in a Beth Din recognition of Jewish status? [duplicate]

I was curious if someone could give me a breakdown regarding what the process would be for a person to receive recognition of their status through the Beth Din. I'm not speaking to conversion but of ...
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Retroactive annulment of conversion? [duplicate]

If a woman converts to Judaism, has a baby, and then converts to Christianity, is the baby still considered a born Jew? That is, can the woman's conversion be retroactively annulled in a way that ...
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Halacha to be jew (from parents) [duplicate]

I have a friend that her grandfather (from her mother) was jew, he married a woman that wasn't jew. What is the halachic position of this friend of mine??? Is she considered to be jew? If not, what ...
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Is a convert considered a real Jew if not keeping kosher? [duplicate]

If a person converts to Judaism is he/she considered a real Jew if he/she doesn’t keep kosher? I’m concerned because my mother converted properly and in accordance with Jewish law, but she never ...
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Is a converted Jew with no Jewish ancestral background or lineage considered a Jew? [duplicate]

I wonder if a gentile converts to Judaism and has no Jewish family background at all then is that person considered a Jew? Are there any sects in Judaism that have this restriction? Any citations or ...
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Am I Jewish By All Accounts? [duplicate]

I have been a religious college student for the past two years. I was raised Jewish, underwent a Brit Milah at my birth, was a Bar Mitzvah, and my father's side of the family is Jewish, ethnically and ...
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Does the lineage cross from mother to son [duplicate]

My Great Great Grand Mother was Jewish. She had three children. Two deceased not long after birth; one survived. The surviving child was a male. Would he be Jewish because of his mother? Would ...
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Are children born to a mother who converted in a non-orthodox tradition considered Jewish under orthodox law? [duplicate]

I understand that conversions made under a non-orthodox tradition are typically not accepted under orthodox law. My question is, if a child born to a mother who was converted in a non-orthodox ...
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a mom converted after her daughter was born, will the daughters kids will be accepted in the jewish community [duplicate]

Asking for someone i know and having some issues now that the daughter (mom converted after daughter was born)wants to get married to a jewish guy. The rabbi of the Community is giving the ok for them ...
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Al pi halacha, are descendents from Marranos considered Jewish? [duplicate]

What level of proof would be needed for a person whose ancestors lived in Mexico and who claims to be a descendant of the Marranos to be considered Jewish for the sake of marriage? Or are all such ...
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What would I be considered? [duplicate]

I am 50% Jewish by blood on my Father's side, and 50% mixed on my mothers side. Would I be considered a Jew, or a Gentile?
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How far back must one go to know they are Jewish? [duplicate]

There are certainly people who are unsure about their Jewish lineage. However, even if they know their mother is jewish, and therefore they are as well, how far back must one go? If they prove their ...
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Is Jewish orphan raised outside of Israel considered automatically as a Hebrew person? [duplicate]

Would a person born of both Jewish parents, but raised in an orphanage house in another country, say, in France, and, thus, not knowing a word in Hebrew, would still be considered as a Jew by the ...
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Identifying someone as being Jewish [duplicate]

How many generations back is one allowed to go to identify himself as being Jewish? If a Jew converts to another religion, he is still Jewish and his descendants are Jewish. Does this mean that if ...
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Can a Jew lose their Jewish Status?

Can a Jew lose their status as being a Jew by performing any action (example: performing idolatry, disavowing core beliefs, converting to another religion, etc)? Or once a person is a Jew then they ...
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Hebrew document found in grandfather's attic—what does it state?

I found this document in my grandfather's attic and would be thankful if someone could tell me (a) what this document is, (b) whether there are any names written, and (c) which, if any, religious ...
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Does a finding of Jewish blood in a DNA test make one Jewish?

I had a DNA test done and the results say that my DNA is group with Sephardic Jews. My last name is Steen and I have always heard that we were of Dutch ancestry and I do genealogy and have not found ...
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Joining a synagogue after two generations non-practising

My (Jewish) great-grandparents came to the UK from Poland during the second world war, but due to their experiences of violent anti-semitism, hid their Jewishness from the public in the UK. The result ...
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Why did the son of the Egyptian and Jew have to convert?

Rashi on Vayikra 24:10 says that the son of the Egyptian man (that Moshe killed) and Shlomit bat Divri converted: בתוך בני ישראל: מלמד שנתגייר: However, since his mother was a Jew, why did he ...
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When did the switch to matrilineal descent occur?

Does anyone know when the switch the matrilineal descent took place? I've seen other information about the potential impetus, but when did it become so? Was there even a switch?
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If a convert goes off the derekh, must he go to the mikvah again after he repents?

A female convert I know, who had stopped observing mitzvos for a few years, but then sought to return to the fold, was led to believe by someone that she would have to go again to the mikvah to ...
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Does Orthodox Judaism Recognize Reform Conversions?

If a person converted into the Reform or Conservative (Masorti) Movements, would Orthodox Jews consider them to be Jewish in the first place? This is also assuming the person keeps basic Kosher (not ...
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Are converts to Judaism considered inferior in any way to Jews who are ethnically Jewish?

I use the word "inferior" for want of a better word as it has negative connotations, try to disregard those connotations when reading the question. I'm wondering if someone converts to Judaism, are ...
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What is my status with God?

I am asking in a manner where “I” represents people like me, in the sense that the answer might apply to me but also more broadly to others. By “status with God” Interpret as “what consequences may ...
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Star of david with cross in middle? Okay to have (tattoo Question) [duplicate]

firstly I understand that tattoos are forbidden in many ways, I am not Jewish, however I come from a christian family whom down the line there are Jewish members down the line. long story short I ...
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Other than Avraham has there ever been an organized attempt to draw new converts to Judaism?

We know that in very early Judaism Avraham and Sarah converted people to Judaism We know that if your mother was Jewish you are Jewsish We know that it is possible for a Gentile to convert to Judaism ...
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Is a male considered Jewish if his dad is Jewish and his mom is not jewish but the dad had his male child have a brit-millah

I have uncles and cousins who married non-Jewish women but had their boys have brit-millah when they were babies. Are they considered Jewish under orthodox Judaism?
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Matrilineal descent & Zera Israel

Would someone with Jewish heritage from a distant foremother on their maternal grandfather's side be considered Zera Yisrael? In other words, does the person fit the definition of Zera Yisrael since ...
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How far must one be able to trace one's Jewish lineage?

I have heard some talk to the effect that as long as an American Jew can trace his/her maternal lineage back to prewar Europe, he/she can be assumed to be Jewish. Is this true? I assume there must ...
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I recently found out I have Jewish ancestry. I want to learn more about Judaism, but what is appropriate?

I recently found out I have Jewish ancestry through a DNA test (Ashkenazi; it helped to explain why I got bowel cancer at a young age since the risk is high in that group). Apparently my grandmother ...
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Does adhering to Torah make one a Jew?

I have heard Rabbi Asher Meza say that if one "adheres to Torah," this makes one a Jew; is this true at all?
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Does Reform Judaism recognize children of Jewish father as Jews?

Does Reform Judaism recognize children of Jewish father as Jews (under conditions that father is Jewish both from mothers and fathers side). If so, that person does not have to go through conversion ...
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Retroactive psak and conversions

B"H I constantly read about Orthodox conversions which are retroactively nullified by the Israeli Rabbanut, sometimes affecting multiple generations. I am not writing this question to express nor ...
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How will the messiah deal with Khazars and Sabbateans, who falsely claim to be Jews?

How will the messiah deal with Khazars and Sabbateans, who are no Jews and falsely claim to be Jews?

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