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Should an adoptee of Jewish parentage do k'riah at the funeral of an adoptive parent, and, if so, should it be done on the left side of the garment or the right?

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Shvilim B'Daiya - page 48 says there is no obligation to tear Kriya for a stepparent. However one may do so if they want to. He does not indicate on which side it should be done, however being that it is not an obligation, I would say it should be done on the right side like a regular Aveil.

  • do you have a source that a normal avel rips on the right side? – mevaqesh Jul 26 '15 at 5:21
  • @mevaqesh: See end of page hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=51729&st=&pgnum=48 – Gershon Gold Jul 27 '15 at 13:40
  • But that very source writes that for one's parents one rips on the left! – mevaqesh Jul 27 '15 at 19:41
  • @mevaqesh: As I said "He does not indicate on which side it should be done for a stepparent, however being that it is not an obligation, I would say it should be done on the right side like a regular Aveil." – Gershon Gold Jul 27 '15 at 20:16
  • If it isn't an obligation, and merely mimics that of a relative, a case could definitely be made that the relative being mimicked is a parent for whom the ripping is performed on the left side. – mevaqesh Jul 27 '15 at 21:10

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