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See Sanhedrin 5:5 - Each participant is written down in 2 of three sets of scrolls - divrei hamezakin, divrei hamechayavin, and divrei hakol (this last one may only be a das yachid). This documentation is important because in certain cases (mostly capital punishment), one cannot change his opinion from innocence to guilt. When "voting," they start from ...


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Possibly it's an issue of hora'as sha'ah. See ... all of maseches Horayos for detailed discussion on how Beis Din handles broadcasting improper halachic rulings that cause the public to commit an aveirah. "Ein sheliach" works potentially in two different ways - 1) divrei harav vidivrei hatalmid, and 2) Chazal not giving the capacity for shlichus in the case ...


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This article presents an interesting, thought-provoking angle. Essentially, he claims that the Megillah mentions that after Ahashverush made Esther queen, it states that he sent gifts. The next verse says that Esther still didn't reveal her nationality as Mordechai had commanded her. What is the connection of these two verses? The idea is that by giving ...


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From the intro to chapter 5 in זרע ישראל by Rav Amsalem, he describes Zera Yisrael as: ויש להם לרוב צד יהדות ברור, שאביהם או סבם או סבתם וכדומה היו יהודים שנשאו נכריות So he does include a Jewish grandparent in his definition. In almost every example after that, the book seems to uses the case of a Jewish father, but it seems that Rav Amsalem views ...


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As I understand it, Zera Yisrael(Seed of Israel) IS a halachic concept, applicable to non-jews who are patrilineal descendants of Jews. That is, some forefather along their direct paternal lineage was halachically Jewish, whether it was one generation ago or a descendant of the Bnei Anusim of the inquisition period or anything in between. This can mean they ...



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