An Edomite cannot marry a Jew for three generations.

Nowadays (since the time of Sancheiriv, who mixed all nations together), this law no longer applies as we no longer know who is an Edomite. However, there were people who had a tradition of their lineage. For example, Haman was a known Amaleiki,. If someone had a tradition that they were one of the "original Edomites" or "original Moabites", would he be prohibited to marry a Jewess?


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He would be allowed to marry in. It's an explicit Mishna in Yadayim 4:4

  • @DoubleAA, the mishna implies a case where the ger came from that land. Would it make a difference if he had a mesorah that predated Sancheriv?
    – YDK
    Commented Feb 5, 2012 at 18:25
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    It could be that the Amoni didn't have a tradition (he may have just lived in the place called Amon). Commented Feb 5, 2012 at 18:44
  • You got me: this could be a national origin and not a tradition. But 1) I'm not sure those were so different back then; and 2) I doubt you will find a better source.
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 20, 2012 at 0:27

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