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Rabbi Elchanan Lewis

19 Cheshvan 5766
Question
Both of my great-great grandparents were Jews who came to America. Their son, my great grandfather was a Jew who married an Irish woman. (I do not know if she went through conversion.) Together they had my grandmother, who married a native American and had my mother. Does this mean that I am Jewish?
Answer
Judaism is defined by the maternal line. Your maternal grandmother was non Jewish since her mother was Irish, and same therefore goes for you. There are worse things in life:)
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