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What do people mean when they say Judaism is a matrilineal religion?

Can somebody please explain? I’ve never understood this.

From my understanding the Jewish people are descendents of Abraham through his son Isaac, then through Isaac’s son Jacob, then through Jacob’s 12 sons which make up the 12 Israelite tribes. How is the religion matrilineal if the Jewish identity or “ethnicity” itself is contingent upon male figures?

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