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Egg donation from a mamzer

According to Halacha, is it permissible for a Jewish woman who is a Mamzer to donate her eggs to help a non-Mamzer Jewish woman become fertile? Or no, because Mamzerim are prohibited from “entering ...
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The level of a High Priest

Horayot 13a - "But if there were a mamzer who is a Torah scholar and a High Priest who is an ignoramus, a mamzer who is a Torah scholar precedes a High Priest who is an ignoramus, as Torah wisdom ...
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Spelling mismatch between ketubah and gett

Without going into the whole Gantsah Geshichta, my sister is trying to convince me of the critical importance of the spelling of a person's name. She points to a local Rabbi who is an "expert in ...
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Does Rashi on Bereshis 7:4 imply that a human can be created against Hashem's will?

Rashi on Bereshis 7:4 says: ארבעים יום. כְּנֶגֶד יְצִירַת הַוָּלָד, שֶׁקִּלְקְלוּ לְהַטְרִיחַ לְיוֹצְרָם לָצוּר צוּרַת מַמְזֵרִים Is Rashi implying that a human be created against Hashem's will? Was ...
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Mamzer or not? Food for thought

In the Me'am Loez the first book, (Genesis I) towards the end of the book it talks about the woman that had relations with their husbands while thinking of the nephilim, giving the child's neshama a ...
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Non-Halachic Marriages, Mamzerim, and Baalei Teshuva

Many returnees to Judaism were born out of reform or conservative marriages. In the case of such a person, assuming their parents were not learned in Torah whatsoever, but whose mother is Jewish and ...
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Mamzer from a rape [duplicate]

During the pogroms a married Jewish woman is raped by a Cossack. Is the child born of this rape a Mamzer? Does the intercourse of a married Jewish woman with a non-Jew have to be consensual for the ...
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Hypothetical question about a mamzer [duplicate]

Is someone a mamzer if they were born to an unmarried Jewish woman with an unmarried Jewish guy and were put up for adoption and taken in by a married Jewish couple?
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Rabbi Shlomo Goren and the Langer Case

I am trying to understand the Langer controversy. I have only have seen the Charedi side been explained. Are there any seforim/books/online articles which explain Rabbi Goren's position?
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Children of post-adulterous forbidden union - mamzerim?

This question discusses the marriage of a man with a previously married woman who committed adultery with that man and subsequently divorced. Such a marriage is forbidden. What would be the status of ...
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How can one say "my son is Mamzer"?

הָאוֹמֵר, בְּנִי זֶה מַמְזֵר ... רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר (להלכה), נֶאֱמָנן: If a man declares, “this son of mine is a mamzer” ... Rabbi Judah says: he is believed. (Mishnah Kiddushin 4,8 adopted) ...
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A prominent Mamzer Rabbi example?

Mishnah in Horayos 3,8 says: מַמְזֵר תַּלְמִיד חָכָם קוֹדֵם לְכֹהֵן גָּדוֹל עַם הָאָרֶץ: (the scholar mamzer takes precedence over the ignorant high priest.) Do we have a practical example of ...
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How do Chazal know that the descendants of a Mamzer may never marry into the general populace?

The passuk says (Devarim 23:3-4): לֹא־יָבֹ֥א מַמְזֵ֖ר בִּקְהַ֣ל יְהוָ֑ה גַּ֚ם דּ֣וֹר עֲשִׂירִ֔י לֹא־יָ֥בֹא ל֖וֹ בִּקְהַ֥ל יְהוָֽה׃ A Mamzer may not come into the congregation of Hashem; even ...
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Child born out of wedlock [duplicate]

Is there any negative implication or any negative result from a child that was born out of wedlock from 2 jewish parents? On a follow up question to that, would there be any difference if the parents ...
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Non-observant Jewish Couples Having Halachic Weddings

In a shiur, I learned that if secular or non-observant Jews have a halachically binding wedding, then if they separate and don't manage to perform a get (as a get may even seem irrelevant to them), ...
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If two Jewish sisters marry one's son to one's daughter, are their descendants all mamzerim forever?

I've heard that the children of two sisters are like siblings spiritually. If a woman gives her son to marry her sister's daughter this is forbidden, correct? Does this make the union incest and the ...
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Is the child of a mamzer and a convert mamzer?

If a mamzer or mamzeret marries a convert, do the children born to them acquire the status of mamzer?
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Is there a gentile Mamzer?

Gentiles were commanded on 6 types of Arayos (forbidden relationships) Rambam Melachim 9,5. What is the legal status of a child from those relations between two gentiles. If he converts convert would ...
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Would Jerry Seinfeld's kids be mamzerim [closed]

According to Wikipedia it claims that Jerry Seinfeld married a woman who was already married to a man without her getting a get from the man she was previously married to, so wouldn't that make Jerry ...
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What is the status of a man who fathers a mamzer?

Please consider the following: A Jewish man who is not a mamzer engages in sexual relations with a Jewish woman who is not a mamzer but who is legally/Jewishly married to a different Jewish man. The ...
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Is a Child Born to Jewish Mother and Father Outside of Marriage a Mamzer?

I was reading that a child born to a married Jewish mother to a father who is not her husband is a Mamzer (bastard). But what if the parents are both Jewish, neither of them are married but they have ...
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Is the son of a non-Jewish father a mamzer? [duplicate]

Is someone has a non-Jewish father but a Jewish mother, this obviously makes them a Jew. But does it make them a mamzer?
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Does lacking a Get affect children before conception, at conception, or at birth?

I'm making the working assumption that a civil divorce has already been obtained with the intent of a religious divorce soon following. However, how critical is the timing of obtaining one insofar as ...
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Status of a functional Male with hidden functional Female internal organs [duplicate]

I've found out this condition where a Male has a certain genetic condition where the primitive female organs, present in every foetus, are not absorbed and develop as "usual". A documented case in the ...
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Status of person with two different DNAs

Well, simple this is not. Some people can be made of "two" different DNAs. It basically happens that two embryos fuse making one health adult with two different DNAs, also known as a chimera. If such ...
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Mamzerim and Sifrei Torah

In the Keset haSofer (1:ד) R' Ganzfried mentions that some hold that a Torah written by a mamzer is passul. In the Lishkat haSofer (ad loc.) he brings that most hold that there is no problem for a ...
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Isn't the concept of mamzerut in violation of Ezekiel 18:19-20?

The mention of the mamzer (traditionally, "bastard") in Devarim 23:3 is traditionally understood as the severe social stigmatization of a child born of an illicit sexual union. Such individuals are ...
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Agunoth and Mamzerim after the Holocaust

What have Posekim decided regarding families that were torn apart as a result of the Holocaust, particularly with respect to marriages where the husband was taken and never seen again (but not ...
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Until or even down to the Tenth Generation

In Deuteronomy 23:3, Moses says that a child of illegitimate birth cannot be accepted into the congregation of the Lord, even to the tenth generation. Safely speaking, does this mean that, even if ...
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Is un-pedigreed Jew assumed mamser for marrage to Orthodox girl even after he becomes Orthodox?

This is a clarification of the "up-conversion" questions I asked recently. According to the many sources on the internet many Orthodox rabbis hold the general presumption that declared and observant ...
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Are civil divorces not recognized by Orthodox rabbis?

A Jewish couple gets a civil divorce. The wife remarries, and has children with her new spouse. Are the children of this second marriage, which was performed without a get having been issue, ...
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Androgynal self-impregnation

Is a naturally self-impregnated androgynus's child a mamzer?
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Retroactive Get to prevent mamzerut?

If while a married couple are divorcing but before the husband has given a get at the Beit Din, the woman gets pregnant from a new boyfriend, can a get be given retroactively? Would it help that the ...
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Understanding Yevamot 4:13's proof of who, exactly, is a mamzer

When it comes to the question of who is a mamzer, numerous conflicting theories abound in the early rabbinic literature. The opinion presented anonymously in Qiddushin 3:12, which appears to be ...
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Can the descendants of a mamzer ever become full Jews?

Is there any way for the descendants of a mamzer to ever become Jews with full rights, or are they stuck with mamzerus forever? For example, if a man who is a mamzer marries a non-Jew, and then their ...
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Mamzer honoring his father - why wouldn't he?

The Shulhan 'Aruch (240:18) writes that a Mamzer has an obligation to honor his father. Why might I think otherwise?
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Mamzeirim and Slaves

If Reuben's sister, Hanna, is a slave and she and Reuben have sexual intercourse, are their children slaves or mamzeirim? Acc. to the Mishna in Yevamot 4:12-13, the offspring of a forbidden union,...
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Many mamzerim today?

In modern times, we go out of our way to make sure that we never find out that someone is a mamzer. For example, courts in Israel are very reluctant to order paternity tests for children for fear of ...
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How can God be just in light of Deuteronomy 23:3?

Deuteronomy 23:3: A bastard shall not enter into the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation shall none of his enter into the assembly of the LORD. I asked a similar question here - ...
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Why can't an illegitimate child enter the temple?

Deuteronomy 23:3: A bastard shall not enter into the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation shall none of his enter into the assembly of the LORD. Why can't an illegitimate child enter ...
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How to fix Mamzeirim

There is a Gemara in Kesuvos (2b–3a) where it says that if someone divorced someone on condition and then didn't fulfill the condition, the woman doesn't become divorced, she becomes un-married ...
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Why doesn't a ben niddah acquire the status of a mamzer?

One who commits incest is punished with Kares (spiritual separation from the divine source), and any product of incest has the status of a Mamzer. One who has relations with a Niddah is also ...
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Can a kohen be a mamzer?

A friend and I were discussing this. Generally speaking, it seems that it should be impossible for a person to be a kohen (rather than a chalal) and also a mamzer, because the set of women whom a ...
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Mamzer from non-Jew

If a Jewess married to a Jew has a child from a non-Jew is that child a mamzer? Is there agreement amongst the poskim about this?
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Illegitimacy in 18th-19th century Europe

I have been capturing genealogical information (Birth, Marriage, Death, Tombstones) in the Spis Region of Slovakia, which includes Jews who migrated from Galicia, parts of Hungary, or were living in ...
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What evidence is required to indicate mamzer status?

It seems to me that just about every possible shadow of doubt is used to prevent halachic rulings that would classify a person as a mamzer. From my understanding after having read this paragraph on ...
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Can Mamzeirim live?

The gemarah in Yevamos (78b) says "mamzer eino chai" (A mamzer [who is not known, look later in the daf] doesn't live [for more than 12 months] so not to proliferate mamzeirim). On the other ...
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