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Is a child considered Jewish if his parents were not married under a chupah?


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Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today?

Vanna: Hello, I was wondering what is a child considered if his parents are not married under a Chupah

Rabbi Gurkow: as long as the parents would be permitted to marry each other according to Torah law if they had married under a chupah, the child is considered a Kosher Jew

Vanna: well my parents where not maried under a chupah and i dont think they were married under torahs law but they were both jewish

Vanna: i dont think they could marry under a chupah...

Rabbi Gurkow: why not?

Vanna: they were married in russia were anti semitism was very big i think my father tried to get a chupah but they told him no or something cuz he wasnt circumcised

Rabbi Gurkow: if their concern was that he was not Jewish then you are still a full Jew because your mother is Jewish

Rabbi Gurkow: The only time there is an affect on the child is when the mother and father are both Jewish and they were not permitted to marry because of a relationship between them.

Rabbi Gurkow: or if the father is a kohen and the mother is a divorcee

Rabbi Gurkow: of course when the mother is not Jewish then the child is also not

Vanna: ok well im pretty sure her mother was jewish

Vanna: but i dont think she was a big believer

Rabbi Gurkow: that does not change one's status

Vanna: ok well thank you.

Rabbi Gurkow: you are very welcome

Rabbi Gurkow: have a nice day and a good shabbos

Vanna: good Shabbat

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(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Literally means "fit." Commonly used to describe foods which are permitted by Jewish dietary laws, but is also used to describe religious articles (such as a Torah scroll or Sukkah) which meet the requirements of Jewish law.
Wedding canopy. Under this canopy, the groom betroths the bride with the customary ring, and the traditional marriage benedictions are recited.