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Question 18.4.2:
Fallacy: Either patrilineal or matrilineal descent is accepted

Answer:

If you examine the Report of the Committee on Patrilineal Descent on the Status of Children of Mixed Marriages (http://www.ccarnet.org/cgi-bin/resodisp.pl?file=mm&year=1983), you will see that, for the child of an interfaith marriage, merely having a Jewish parent is insufficient to make the child Jewish. Rather, the decision states that having only one Jewish parent gives the child a "presumption" of Jewish descent. The Jewish status, however, must be established through "appropriate and timely public and formal acts of identification with the Jewish faith and people."


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