Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Re: JAFFE Family - Rashi Descent #rabbinic


MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 2/1/2006 6:48:17 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
chaimjan@zahav.net.il writes:

In a recent post, Jim Bennet suggested DNA testing to determine
relationships of various JAFFE families.

I would like to highly recommend this project particularly as some
of the JAFFEs hold a tradition of descent >from Rashi and thereby
from King David.
However, I don't believe that the tradition of descent >from Rashi
is valid.
DNA is useful in checking out descent in the direct male line, or in
the direct female line. It won't work with even one female in the
male line. Rashi was a male Rashi had three daughters who married
illustrious scholars; he had no sons. There is no way DNA could be
used to determine or support descent frm Rashi.


Michael Bernet, New York

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