Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sean Penn Jewish ?

Just in case you wonder: "Is Sean Penn Jewish?", the truth is that Penn is Borderline Jew.

To be more specific, Sean Penn's father is Jewish. His paternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Lithuania and Russia, who ran a Jewish bakery. His mother is a Catholic of Italian and Irish descent. Penn was raised in a secular home and is an agnostic.

According to the Jewish law, if a person is born of a Jewish mother, then in all Jewish traditions, the individual is considered Jewish. If the father is Jewish and the mother is not, then it would depend on which branch of Judaism is making the decision.

Conservative and Orthodox branches of Judaism, which follow a matriarchal lineage, would require a formal conversion that would involve a period of study, going to a Mikvah and, in the case of a male, having a circumcision or a symbolic circumcision if already circumcised. All of this would have to be done according top Halacha (Jewish ritual law).

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