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As noted by others, the final p'sak is not clear. This is the subject of a chapter in the new book Headlines by R. Dovid Lichtenstein (published by OU and distributed by Menucha) He cites support for both sides but, in the summary, he says that it is clear to him that the woman who provided the egg is considered the child's mother, and not the woman who ...


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Until recently, you knew who the mother was because it's the lady out of whom this baby came. Hence the established practice for using the mother's name when praying for someone sick. There are many Talmudic precedents that some apply to this -- Rabbi Yissochar Frand has a tape on this that simply concludes "we're left in doubt." Do we compare it to grain ...


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The simple answer to the question posed in the title is Zerach was never called the bechor nor treated as one in the pasukim. The midwife was simply indicating what came out of the womb first, ie in this case a hand. There can be any number of reasons that this is significant, such as determining when the woman has become tamei. See Sefas Emes on the ...



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