JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Cohanim, Leviim and Yisraelim #general

Yisrael Asper

It sounds like a compromise was struck as he was called up for what should be
the first Yisrael's Aliyah but mention was still made of his father being a
Levi. Both pieces of information are helpful for genealogy but there may be
some discord between Orthodox and some NonOrthodox congregations over these
designations when some of them may not go according to the traditional Halacha
that gives one's tribal status according to one's father and requires that the
child be born into a tribe or else just gets the generic Yisrael title.
Yisrael Asper
Pittsburgh PA

I once saw a man called up for the third aliyah, as "... ben so-and-so
halevi." It seems the father married a non-Jewish woman, so the son was
not a levi, but a ger. Nonetheless he cited his father's name as

Israel Pickholtz

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