- May 2014
Fair enough, I suppose.The Karaites are not mainstream Jews, though, are they? Rabbinic Jews disagree with the Karaites on this, as on nearly everything else.
The same would also apply to things such as homosexuality and Biblical prohibitions on whom one can marry if one is a devout Orthodox Jew, no?1) Millennia of tradition is a "compelling argument" in and of itself.
One could flip this question around and ask where exactly in the Bible (not the Mishnah) one derives matrilineal descent from, no? Anyway, did non-Jewish spouses of male Jews in the Bible always convert to Judaism?2) You're going to have to show me where in the Bible you're deriving patrilineal descent from.
BTW, what do you think about this article? :