Q: My father is Jewish and my mother is not Jewish. I have always felt Jewish and most of my friends are Jewish. Do I have to convert to Judaism or does the fact that my father is Jewish make me a Jew, as well?
A: Jewish law determines Jewish lineage according to the mother. Particularly when a person has a Jewish father, it is desirable and actively recommended to convert to Judaism. Happy is the person who seeks sanctuary under the wings of God’s Presence.