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Is there an obligation to circumcise the child of a Gentile mother and Jewish father?

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A Jew is obligated to circumcise his Jewish child. However, Jewish law states1 that Judaism follows the mother and if the mother is non-Jewish then unless there was a proper conversion (for the mother) the newborn child is not Jewish and does not require circumcision.


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  • 1. See Deuteronomy 7:3-4 and Rashi there. See Jerusalem Talmud tractate Yevamot 13a, and Babylonian Talmud tractate Yevamot 23a. See also "What is the Torah source for matrilineal descent?" (http://www.askmoses.com/en/article/180,2133686/What-is-the-Torah-source-for-matrilineal-descent.html).

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