Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Is Moamar Qaddafi a halakhic Jew?

Moamar Qaddafi's Jewish grandmother married a Muslim sheikh during her second marriage. The daughter this Jewish woman and Muslim man had is Qaddafi's mother.

This family tree was reported by Qaddafi's Jewish relatives (as they tell it) on a fascinating Channel 2 segment (in Hebrew). Qaddafi's mother, the daughter of the Jewish-Muslim marriage, is the great aunt of the woman who appeared on TV.

Professor Judith Ronen, an expert on Libyan affairs on Bar Ilan University, who was also interviewed in the segment, says that there is no official documentation for this claim, although that does not mean it is not true.

Does this mean Qaddafi can make aliyah? I say only if he does some MAJOR teshuva.

As seen on Israel Matzav & Yeranen Yaakov

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