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    Filed at 12:16 am under by dcobranchi

    Bloghopping, I ended up here. The relevant (to me) passage:

    According to Jewish law, Jewishness is determined by the mother; thus the immediate male descendants of a female Jewish apostate are still considered Jewish; all her female descendants, but only in an unbroken female line of descent, and their immediate male children are also considered Jewish. While most of these descendants probably would not be practicing Judaism, or in many cases aware of their Jewishness, their status as Jews technically still would be in effect.

    My mother converted to Catholicism when she married my father. I followed my mother’s example and joined a Baptist church after marrying Lydia. So, I’m a twice-lapsed Jew, once-lapsed former Catholic? Oy vey!

    3 Responses to “I JUST LEARNED THAT I’M JEWISH”

    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    April 10th, 2004
    at 9:37 am

    Well, then, gut Pesach twice removed!

    Comment by
    judy aron
    April 10th, 2004
    at 8:10 pm

    Daryl… all you need to do now is get circumsized.. but yes – you have credentials to be a Jew if you wanted to.. if your mom was Jewish then you are.. The German gestapo would have come after you eventually…

    I guess your status is like having dual citizenship.. in fact you could probably get Israeli citizenship..


    Comment by
    April 10th, 2004
    at 8:27 pm

    Well, not to get too personal here but I was born in the 60’s. And, the Israeli citizenship is not too likely; Lydia’s birth certificate is written in Arabic.