A Reconstructionist View on Patrilineal Descent

By Jacob J. Staub

American Jewish Congress, Winter 1985

Patrilineal descent is an idea whose time has arrived - in a way that was not true one or two decades ago, prior to the recent dramatic changes in the social position of North American Jews. It is the persuasive and compelling reasons in favor of patrilineal descent today that spur both its proponents as well as its opponents. There are Jews to be reached who will be lost if we insist on adhering inflexibly to halakhic precedent. To do so is to assume that the Jewish tradition lacks the vitality to adapt to the revolutionary social changes which we now confront. Countless thousands of Jews, ripe for return, wait to see if the Jewish community has the courage, wisdom, and sensitivity that our ancestors applied time and time again when they faced revolutionary changes in Jewish circumstances.

Topic: Halakha, Jewish Law, Jewish Identification, Reconstructionist Judaism, Pluralism, Jewish Identity, Identity Formation, Identity

Name of Publication: Judaism: A Journal of Jewish Life & Thought

Volume/Issue: vol.34/no.1

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Language: English

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Staub, Jacob J. A Reconstructionist View on Patrilineal Descent. Judaism: A Journal of Jewish Life & Thought. American Jewish Congress. Winter 1985: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14230


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