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Miscellaneous - Matarnal linage
Submitted by Serach  Answered by Rabbi Tzvi Frank
Question: When did the Jewish linage begin to go on the mothers side, instead of on the fathers side? Who made that decision, and where (Europe, Middle East)? And Why?
Answer:

Serach,

This never changed. It is a biblical requirement not a rabbinical one. The maternal lineage decides whether or not the child is Jewish. The Paternal lineage decides which tribe the child is from or whether he is a Kohen or Levite.

posted:2008-04-17 06:49:42


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