A person whose mother was a Jew or who has converted to Judaism. According
to the Reform movement, a person whose father is a Jew is also a Jew. Although
the term is derived from the term "Judahite" (meaning a member of the tribe
of Judah or a citizen of the kingdom of Judah), it
has historically been applied to the patriarchs,
the matriarchs and all of the descendants of Jacob
and all converts to their faith.
Who Is a Jew?
The Patriarchs and the Origins of Judaism
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