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Section: Questions   Category: Miscellaneous
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?


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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