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Is kiddushin which a man was coerced to do valid

In Bava Basra 48b (as well as numerous other places, see מסורת הש׳׳ס), the Gemara says "תליוה וקדיש קידושיו קידושין" - "if he 'hung' her [aka forced her] to accept Kiddushin, it is ...
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Why did the model of Rabbinic Pairs (Zugot) emerge and why was it abolished?

I came across a fascinating suggestion by Prof. Y. M. Grintz in his book פרקים בתולדות בית שני (Chapters in the History of the Second Temple), p. 36. He pointed out that in the first three generations ...
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Where is the Halacha about a single available Cohen committing a crime?

It’s in the second Tosafos on Yevamos 7a: שנאמר מעם מזבחי - ואפי' אם אין שם כהן אחר ראוי לעבודה שהעבודה נדחית וא"ת ודלמא התם לאו משום דרציחה דחיא עבודה אלא משום דגברא הוא דלא חזי כדאמרי' (ברכות ...
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Can a conversion be deemed invalid because of something a rabbi on the beit-din once said?

I can't write long because the Chag starts soon, but the question is based on a misunderstanding. The purpose of the court is much more fundamental than assessing the convert; it is Biblically ...
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Do beit dins have the right to disbar Jewish attorneys

The beis din does not use lawyers. The litigants don't make legal arguments. They testify, the judges ask them questions, and the judges decide how the law applies. In some case the litigants can send ...
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Looking for a particular idea from Reb Yonason Eibshitz

There are three places where Rabbi Eibschitz discusses this subject. I’m not sure which particular citation you are remembering, so I will post all three sources. They all appear in volume two of ...
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Can someone call himself Jewish if he is in the process of converting?

Self-evidently, someone in the final stages of conversion to Orthodox Judaism is not yet a Jew. The Gemoro Shabbos 55a states that חותמו של הקדוש ברוך הוא אמת the seal of the Holy One Blessed be He ...
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In Jewish law, can you sue for defamation?

The Gemara in Kiddushin 28A says that the affected person can go after the slanderer outside the court system and hurt his livelihood: דְּתַנְיָא הַקּוֹרֵא לַחֲבֵירוֹ עֶבֶד יְהֵא בְּנִידּוּי מַמְזֵר ...
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How do we ultimately know Korach was wrong?

Perhaps this case is different then other “Torah Lo Bashamayim Hi” cases, being that the entire argument (in Beit din) was if moshe always acts only when hashem commands him (in particular appointing ...
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Can a conversion be deemed invalid because of something a rabbi on the beit-din once said?

I don't think there is enough information here to speak to a specific case, however there are halakhoth that govern the invalidation of members of a beth-din. In general the rules for who is ...
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Why does one accused of manslaughter need to leave the city of refuge in order to be judged?

The Rambam Rotzeach 5:7 seems to indicate that the reason the Bais Din of his city needs to get him and judge him in his own city is a gezeiras hakasuv: וּבֵית דִּין שֶׁל אוֹתָהּ הָעִיר שֶׁהָרַג ...
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What prompted the absent-Sanhedrin-head decree in Rosh Hashana 4:4?

Doros Harishonim (vol. 3, pp. 62ff) explains that R' Yochanan ben Zakkai moved to a town called Bror Chail (mentioned in Sanhedrin 32b and other places) so as not to overshadow R' Gamliel's nesius. So ...
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