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I know that if a child is born out of wedlock it is considered a mamzer. If it is conceived out of wedlock does it hold the same status? If the child is conceived out of wedlock and the parents subsequently marry before it is born does the child still have the status of mamzer? Thank you in advance for your reply.

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My wife, who is not Jewish, has said she will convert, but for my benefit. Not because it is important for her. Why am I so adamant that she want it for herself?

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I grew up in a Jewish family, was raised going to shul, and had a bat mitzvah. I've been active at my university's Hillel, and my Jewish identity is really important to me. I'm almost 22 years old, and I just found out that my grandmother on my mother's side isn't Jewish (although her husband, my grandfather, was). My mother and her family are from the Soviet Union, and she was raised with all of the stigma and struggle associated with being Jewish (as well as with Jewish cultural practices). My mom has always identified as Jewish, so I never thought to ask about our family history. I'm not quite sure what to do -- I know that this means that I'm not Jewish, but my identity and how people view me hasn't changed. I know that Jewishness is matrilineal, so I would need to convert in order for my children to be considered Jewish, but what would the conversion process look like for me? Would it be different than the standard process in any way?

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Hello! To preface this, I must say that I myself am not Jewish. Rather, I am emailing you on behalf of my younger cousin, who is. I apologize if this isn't the kind of questions that you usually handle. My cousin, Hannah, is 10. Her mother was Jewish, while Hannah's father (my uncle) is not (he's agnostic, most of our family is agnostic or some denomination of Christian). However, Hannah's mother unfortunately died when she was quite young, leaving my uncle to raise her alone. Hannah has expressed that she feels estranged from her Jewish heritage, and very much wants to connect. Our family is fully supportive of this, but also at a bit of a loss on how to help her in this. She has no immediate Jewish relatives, and dropping her off at the nearest synagogue once a week alone makes her father uncomfortable. Would it be appropriate for him to accompany her? Another concern is her bat mitzvah. It is our understanding that a proper bat mitzvah involves a lot of planning on the parent's part, and a lot of studying for Hannah to prepare. Could you offer some insight into how we can best support her and help her reconnect with her culture (and possibly religion)? For reference, we live in Colorado in the U.S..

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Dear Rabbi, If one is converted to Judaism (giyur), are their children also 100% Jewish?

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Hi, I've seen an answer to a question on here saying that a person whose mother's mother was Jewish is, by matrilineal descent, also Jewish. If it's an unbroken matrilineal line, is this true 100% of the time or is there a limit regarding how far back the relative is? I ask because my mother's mother's mother (my great-grandmother) was Jewish and, living in WWII Germany, she stopped practising. As such my grandmother, mother and myself were raised without religion. Are we all still considered Jewish? I feel that I've been denied a part of my family's culture, especially since I never got a chance to talk to my great-grandmother about it before she passed. I'd like to reconnect with it and come to understand my family better. Next year I'm moving to a city that has a beautiful Orthodox synagogue and I'm considering reaching out to the Rabbi but that's a bit intimidating so I thought I'd ask here first.