Was Boris Pasternak Jewish?

Boris Pasternak

Well, to make a long story short, Boris Pasternak was Jewish!

Since Boris Pasternak's mother was Jewish, and in Orthodox Judaism and Conservative Judaism, those with a Jewish mother (or those who underwent a halakhic conversion) are considered Jewish, then that makes him Jewish. His father was Jewish too.

Boris Pasternak (whose full birth name was Boris Leonidovich Pasternak) was born on 10 February 1890 in Moscow, Russian Empire. Boris Pasternak passed away on 30 May 1960 (aged 70).

He is best known as the author of Doctor Zhivago, a novel which takes place between the Russian Revolution of 1905 and the Second World War. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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