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Tribal ancestry


Rabbi Elchanan Lewis

12 Iyyar 5767
I was born to a Jewish mother and non Jewish father.. I was adopted by Jewish couple at 3 days old. Do I get my tribal ancestry from my birthmother or my adoptive father? Also, how can I find out my birthmother’s family tribe.
You will follow your mother’s family’s side. Unless one has a strong family tradition there is no way nowadays to identify the tribes; that will be a task for Mashiach.
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