why is Jewishness considered a maternal matter?

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why is Jewishness considered a maternal matter?

Postby Guest » Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:21 am

why is Jewishness based on the maternal line? Seems totally illogical, don’t we herald from Abraham, Isaac or Jacob? Why does the modern Israeli state only grant Jewish citizenship to proven maternal connections? Why is genetics not considered?
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Re: why is Jewishness considered a maternal matter?

Postby admin » Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:38 am

Guest wrote:why is Jewishness based on the maternal line? Seems totally illogical, don’t we herald from Abraham, Isaac or Jacob? Why does the modern Israeli state only grant Jewish citizenship to proven maternal connections? Why is genetics not considered?


According to Jewish "oral law," Jewishness is determined through the mother because the paternity of a child might sometimes be in question, but the mother's lineage is more easily identifiable. The Mishna (Kiddushin 3:12) states that to be a Jew, one must be either the child of a Jewish mother or a convert to Judaism. The Talmud (Kiddushin 68b) derives this "law" from the Torah. The relevant Torah passage (Deut. 7:3-4) reads: "You shall not intermarry with them [the non-Jews]; you shall not give your daughter to his son in marriage nor shall you take his daughter as a wife for your son. For -he [the non-Jewish father]- shall turn away your [grand]son from Me and they will serve other g-ds, and Hashem's anger shall be kindled against you and you will be quickly destroyed." Chabad (and Kabbalists) regard a child as an extension of their mother's body, and that presumably derives from their principle "as above, so below" (i.e., the physical world is parallel to the spiritual world).

It's rather ironic, isn't it, that the Messiah is known - even among the ultra-Orthodox in Israel, to be a direct descendant from Judah-Tamar, Boaz/Ruth, Salmon/Rahab, and David/Bathsheba... There is Canaanite blood intermixed with Abraham's bloodline throughout the genealogy. Interestingly, the owner of a Jewish bookstore in town here has a son who is planning to marry an Israeli woman (in Israel) and then live in Israel. He had to hire a costly attorney to argue his son's Jewish identity before a Bet Din in Israel - and had to come up with THREE generations of ketubot from BOTH sides of the family in order for the son to be recognized as a true Jew...

Abraham, of course, was a Mesopotamian Gentile before he was called Ivri, "a boundary crosser." Jewishness has ALWAYS centered on faith in God's promises, as the godly line from Shet to Abram clearly demonstrates. Those who are made heirs of faith through Yeshua the Messiah have "all spiritual blessings" (Eph. 1:3) - and that includes whatever blessing might derive from one's natural DNA....

Shalom - jjp
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