Patrilineal Descent and Same-Sex Parents: New Definitions of Identity

By Renee Bauer

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), Spring 2006

The author explains that though there is a strong tradition of Jewish identity being passed biologically, as the nature of how some babies are conceived changes, the question of how Jewish descent is transmitted needs to be reconsidered. The author argues that Jewish identity by way of "descent" should be expanded to include the children of either parent who causes the child to be conceived, regardless of whether that parent is genetically related. The author asserts, based on an analysis of a situation of a lesbian couple, that the Reform and Resconstructionist communities should affirm the truth--not of the blood relations of a family--but of the intentionality behind the creation of a child.

Topic: Homosexuality, Jewish Identification, Conversion, Reconstructionist Judaism, LGBT Issues, Family, GLBT Issues

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.70/No.2

Page Number(s): 26-33

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Bauer, Renee. Patrilineal Descent and Same-Sex Parents: New Definitions of Identity. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA),Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). Spring 2006: 26-33.


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