Challenging Unilineage

By Jack L. Moline

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, March 4, 1994

The author, a Conservative rabbi, responds to the tenth anniversary of the Reform Movement's decision in 1983 to accept patrilineal descent (along with a commitment to raise the child Jewish) as an acceptable basis for Jewish identity. He opines that the idea of lineage as a deciding factor in Judaism is itself problematic, and suggests instead that a ceremony positively committing a person to living as a Jew become the new standard for Jewish identity.

Topic: Halakha, Continuity, Jewish Law, Masorti Judaism, Policy, Conservative Judaism, Change, Jewish Identity, Liberal Judaism, Jewish Continuity, Religious Denominations, Reform Judaism, Intermarriage, Jewish Identification, Identity

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Cardin, Nina Beth

Volume/Issue: Vol.24/no.469

Page Number(s): 8

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Moline, Jack L. Challenging Unilineage. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 4 March 1994: 8.


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