Originally Posted by Avrham
Hello I am just wondering someone mentioned something interesting to me the other day that if your mother is Jewish then your Jewish regardless of the father background is this true?
and if its true does mothers blood line means the Priesthood goes through the mothers line as well? just wondering
kinds regards Avrham
In modern Judaism, well, since late talmudic times, Judaism was through matrilineal descent. Your tribal identity, however, is through your father's line. For example, our Persian Jewish neighbours were cohens, though their mother was not.
Also, the Talmud records R. Judah the Patriarch as saying if the Babylonian Exlirach immigrated to Israel, then he'd step down as patriarch, because he is only from Judah on his mother's side.