Can a DNA Test Determine Jewish Status?

By Yehuda Shurpin According to Jewish law, tribal affiliation (including whether one is a kohen) follows the direct paternal line, while the question of Jewishness follows the maternal line. Does this mean that genetic testing is a valid way of ascertaining whether one is Jewish or a kohen? First, some basics. Females have XX chromosomes … Continue reading Can a DNA Test Determine Jewish Status?