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If a father says "my bechor will not take double" or says "he will inherit like a regular son" it is invalid. It violates the commandment of not diverting inheritance Devarim 21:16 If the son agrees to give up his portion some permit it. Nesivos 281:6 See pischei choshen hilchos yerushah 4:6-8 for a complete discussion . A firstborn's portion is ...


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Whether to concider a stillborn as the firstborn or not would depend on the stage of developement of the fetus and other variables, See Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De'ah 305:22 & 23, with various commentaries and their opinions. But if you are discussing an early term abortion, before the fetus has human form than all would agree that the next child would be ...


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The simple explanation of the birth of Peretz and Zerach is that Peretz was born first. After Zerach stretched out his hand the midwife tied a red string on it figuring that he would be the first born. However he put his hand back in and Peretz emerged first. 38:30 וְאַחַר יָצָא אָחִיו אֲשֶׁר עַל יָדוֹ הַשָּׁנִי וַיִּקְרָא שְׁמוֹ זָרַח: Afterwards, his ...


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Rabbi Henkin, in his book New Interpretations on the Parsha, suggests three possible reasons: Malnourishment as slaves may have lead to a high number of miscarriages. Because Egypt places high prestige on first-borns, perhaps the Jewish first-borns did not want to leave Egypt, and stayed behind/died when the Jews left. If, according to the medrash, the ...


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I've read an article (in Russian) that says that according to misrash (not cited which) if Eisav was making all right then 12 tribes were born from both brothers, 6 from Eisav and 6 from Yaakov. Translation of the relevant part: And if Eisav did his job properly, he would retain its status as a descendant of Yitzchak, and the Jewish people, says the ...


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You are correct. Mishna Chullin 4:2: המבכרת המקשה לילד, מחתך אבר אבר ומשליך לכלבים.יצא רבו, הרי זה יקבר , ונפטרה מן הבכורה.‏ An animal that has a difficult time birthing its first offspring, the fetus can be cut into pieces and thrown to the dogs (Bartenura -- it is not holy). If most of it came out, it should be buried (Bartenura -- it ...


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Two separate things happened: The Bekhora was sold (reminds me of how Abraham insisted on purchasing Me'arat haMakhpela). Isaac was cheated. However, it is wrong to approach the text of Genesis from the point of view of (alternative) history. The function of Genesis is to establish the position of man in this world, knowing of god (as in הכרה or ידיעה). ...



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