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Who is a Jew?

by Mrs. Shaina B. Lipskier

  

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Regardless of what you believe or how you live your life, you’re Jewish if you fit either one of the following categories:


1) Your mother is Jewish, as was her mother and her mother and her maternal great-great grandmother…who stood by Mount Sinai when G-d gave the Torah and chose the Jews to be His nation.


2) You – or your mother or her mother, etc. – has undergone a proper conversion.1


Judaism is the life a Jew ought to live, but its observance (or lack thereof) is not the defining factor of Jewish identity.

Footnotes

  • 1. See "What is the Conversion process?" (http://www.askmoses.com/en/article/194,2143674/What-is-the-conversion-process.html)

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