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    • Adam Brown
    • 27.10.13 | 13:35 (IST)

    The premise of this article is ridiculous. You cannot assess a person's origins by looking only at his own mitochondrial DNA. The founding of the Ashkenazi population occurred over a thousand years ago, and each of us is descended not from one woman, but from thousands of women living at the time. Yes, there is undoubtedly a large component of those women who converted to Judaism is well documented. It is also true from the DNA studies that many of these women lived in Eretz Yisrael and other locations in the Middle East. Each of us is a mosaic of these different backgrounds. Experts in Jewish history - including the Bible itself, ie the Book of Ruth - have always acknowledged that the Jewish people is composed of a share of individuals who found their path to Judaism long after the founding generations.

    from the article: Study traces Ashkenazi roots to European women who probably converted to Judaism
    First published 03:47 11.10.13 | Last updated 22:28 10.10.13
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