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From what I have read there seems to be ample evidence that the term מין, as used in several places in the talmud, refers to Christians. I would like to know if there are any authorities who cite this definition l'halacha and what the implications might be. For example if a person has a relative who converts to Christianity (חס ושלום) upon the death of that relative must that person not mourn, but assume festive garments and rejoice (Yoreh De'ah, 345)?

Please note I realize that the term מין can and perhaps does apply to other categories of people as well.

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Are you asking about the usage of the term across all halachik literature? The answer then is definitely no. Perhaps try limiting to its usage in a particular work (eg the Jerusalem Talmud) or a time period (eg. Gaonic Babylonia) –  Double AA Sep 9 '13 at 16:55
    
@DoubleAA better? I am asking about its use in the talmud and what practical halachic impact that may have today –  please remove my account Sep 9 '13 at 17:02
    
In the sefer bmichetzos Rabbeinu min stands for mtalmidai yeshu notri –  sam Sep 9 '13 at 21:09
    
christianity would be heresy either way for a Jew so what nafka mina is there? (though your example may often be dealt with differently nowadays.) –  Ariel K Sep 9 '13 at 21:31
    
@sam in the uncensored version of Rashi to Megillah 17b he says basically the same thing –  not-allowed to change my name Sep 10 '13 at 1:04

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