- Jan 2014
I read about life of Yiddish Jews in Shtetls of "Pale of Settlements". There were no such rule. Children of nonJewish father didnt considered as Jews. Even such Jewish mother often considered as former Jew. I think this rule was only about children of Jewish father and Jewish mother. Which had incomplete status in Jewish community. Children of nonJewish father were not included in Jewish community at all.The great irony of this is, of course, that the child of a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father would still be considered halakhically Jewish. Thus, if such a marriage is good enough to produce Jewish children, why not approve of this marriage?