In the Bible, genealogies are stated mostly in terms of fathers and sons. Yet, in speaking to contemporary Jews, I am told that the determination of whether one is a Jew or not depends upon the mother’s lineage and faith.Is that the Biblical standard or was that changed over time?
∼ Christopher J.
The Hebrew word for parents is ‘HoRiM.’ The ‘iM’ at the end denotes a plural word. There is no singular noun for ‘parent.’ Mother, yes. Father, yes. Parenthood, however, takes teamwork. Knowing this fact benefits everyone.
It encourages individuals to marry before having children and lets them know that they are depriving their children if they do otherwise. If a tragedy occurs and one of the parents is no longer alive or available to the child, then acknowledging that parenthood is a two person-two gender job allows the extended family and community to know that assistance is needed. Pretending that any and every family is equally desirable pretends to help children, while really it harms them.