Charles Silver's Thoughts on Levite Status - Version 1.0.1
- Charles has corrected a typo in his excellent statement. I have taken
down his previous comment and replaced it with this revision.
Levite status is a matter of religious doctrine, not genetics, so in
theory one could be a Levite without being a biological descendant.
Because the Jewish faith has no pope (at least none that I know of),
no one can authoritatively recognize persons of Khazar descent as
Nor can anyone authoritatively take that status away. Rather, custom
must decide the matter, and custom seems clearly to recognize some
Khazarian Jews as Levites. It would be a sad thing, I believe, if the
DNA evidence were allowed to undo this.
McDonald Chair in Civil Procedure &
Co-Director, Center on Lawyers, Civil Justice, and the Media
University of Texas School of Law
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Austin, TX 78705