Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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What Biblical Reference?

​    by Reb Gutman Locks   
    

What Biblical Reference?

 

A viewer of Jews Should Marry Jews challenged:

      "What Biblical reference do you have to say that the Jewish lineage ascends from the mother?"

 

Gutman's response:

     The clearest Torah example of the principle that Jewish lineage goes according to the mother is seen with Avraham and Sarah. Their son Isaac was a Jew (Hebrew) because Sarah was a "Jew". Yet Avraham and Hagar's[i] son Ishmael was an Egyptian, because his mother was an Egyptian.

     But, the actual Biblical halachic (Jewish law) reference is found in the book of Deuteronomy.[ii]

     We are warned against intermarriage, "…you shall not give your daughter to his son, and you shall not take his daughter for your son, for he will cause your child to turn away from after Me and they will worship the gods of others…"

     The commentaries explain that "he will cause your child …" refers to the non Jewish man "married" to your daughter who will cause "your child" to turn away…that is… the children of your daughter are yours (Jews). It does not say that "she (the non Jewish "wife") will take your children away because her children are not considered yours in this sense.

    The fact is that mothers have a much closer bond with their children than do fathers, and this bond is not just emotional, it is spiritual, too.

   



[i]  Sarah's Egyptian handmaid

[ii] Deuteronomy 7:4

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely right. The Reform mvmt. became the American version of Judaism. They took out the oral laws from Judaism and made a mock version of Torah and today, we have the unlearned Jew who likes the easy way out and thinks if Reform allow paternal descent, so it must be OK. This was and is the purposeful intention of the new movements within Judaism, solely for the purpose of Torah, c'v, disappearing and the Jew would eventually become like the goyim, chas v'chalilah. There is only one Judaism and that is Torah Judaism, just as we received it from Sinai! All other versions 'will eventually disappear'. Torah is min HaShamayim and cannot be changed!

Anonymous said...

Why is it usually easier for a person with a non Jewish mother, but with a Jewish father to convert to Judaism than for someone with no Jewish parents or ancestry?

Gutman Locks said...

If a non Jew asks to convert we are to push them away. If they return we are to push them away again...three times we are to push them away. If they insist even after this then the next time they come we are to help them. However, if their father is Jewish then we do not push them away not even one time but we teach them from their first request as a kindness to their Jewish father.

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