Re: Need clarification about a bit of history from a family letter #general


shimonsporn
 

Before jumping to conclusions of Black Hebrew Israelite relevancy, I would read the letter bearing in mind that the writer possesses common 19th Century Germanic-Dutch prejudices.
In many civil records of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from the 1800's that I have seen, in small towns where the Jewish Community did not maintain its own Metrical Registration books but whose birth, marriage and deaths were registered in the town's, in the column of vallása-religion they would write "Izraelite". In other words Israelite was a common term then in the same manner today we use the word Jewish.
The famous Jewish orthodox newspaper "Der Israelit" published by Rabbi Marcus Lehman of Mainz from the 1860's until 1905 is another example of usage of the term  Israelite.
It is possible that when he writes by "Your ancestors on your father's side are of German extraction throughout and are more or less related to the Hebrew Israelites (I do not mean the Jews, for they are of Ishmaelite extraction,)
He is saying that your father's side is German some of whom are Jewish, however in his view not related to Middle Eastern Jews.
in other words, they are German cultured Jews with no visible connection to the Middle Eastern Jews of yore.
In larger cities like Berlin and Budapest, converting and becoming baptized was a popular thing done by thousands of German Jews, especially in the wake of Pogroms and persecutions.
Hitler on the other hand equated all people with Jewish blood, paternal or maternal, no matter how miniscule, and was determined to kill us all.
In answer to your concluding question, according to our orthodox Jewish Standards as mandated by the Torah 3400 years ago, our Jewishness is determined by our maternal lineage.
So as you research your paternal lineage going back through the generations, if someone's mother was Jewish and then again her mother was Jewish and so on... than you get the idea. The generation where a Jewish Man marries a none Jewish woman,  than their children are not considered Jewish by our traditions. 

Shimon Sporn of Beit Shemesh, Israel

Researcher # 57380

Perl, Margolies, Itzkowitz, Lehrer families from Kisvarda, Fenyeslitke, Ustilug,

Leher- Rozenberg families of Hrubieszów Galicia Edmondton, London

Sporn families of Marosorozfalu, Rusii Munti, Saszreghin, Kajla, Besztercze-Naszod

Abraham & Stuhlman families from Pecsetszeg & Kozarvar


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