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Title: Jewish Identity: Who is a Jew?: Modern responses and opinions on the registration of children of mixed marriages

David B. Levy
Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Published originally in 1965, this reissue of a classic is now more relevant than ever. Jewish law legislates that a child is Jewish if the mother is Jewish, or one who had converted to Judaism according to specific halachic requirements. Jewish identity is thus not merely sociological and demographic (if Jews live in the land of Israel) nor ethnic (differences in customs, folkways, and liturgy and practice of Ashkenazi Jews vs. Sephardic Jews), but rather determined by a maternal hereditary religious blood covenant.

Daf Yomi

Rabbi Yaakov Klass and Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum
Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Ready And Able
‘Unripe Dates Are Unsuitable For An Eruv’
(Eruvin 28)

The Gates Of Righteousness

Name Withheld Upon Request
Thursday, April 4th, 2013

We live in a world that is often too cruel and unkind. Living in Israel for the last 30 years, I have attended too many funerals for those whose lives were taken through incomprehensible acts of terror. During the years of the second intifada there were many days that I found it impossible to continue teaching, as a student would burst into my classroom and announce that there had been another terrorist attack. How could I just go on with a regular lesson when lives were lost?

A Mistaken Plea to Klal Yisrael

Harry Maryles
Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Divinity exemptions are designed to produce clergy that will serve the populace, not so that every single member of it becomes a member of the clergy.

Bibi Apology To Turkey Faces Criticism As Erdogan Pressures Israel

Jacob Kamaras
Thursday, April 4th, 2013

In the wake of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s new demands on Israel following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent apology to Turkey for the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla incident, Netanyahu has come under fire by some Israeli leaders. Israel’s raid on the ship that was ostensibly attempting to bring aid to Palestinians in Gaza left nine Turkish citizens dead. Those Turks reportedly attacked Israeli soldiers on board.

Intermarriage Rarely Has a Happy Ending

Batya Medad
Thursday, April 4th, 2013

‘Doublelife: One Family, Two Faiths and a Journey of Hope’ is well written and compelling, but wrongly suggests that intermarriage is a workable option.

The Islamic Winter Blows into Jerusalem

Dr. Mordechai Kedar
Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Democracy does not have to allow jihad to be waged against it, even if this jihad uses means that appear to be legal.

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