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Can a rabbi conduct a marriage if the bride is already pregnant from the groom?

Short answer -- it's allowed. You'll find a discussion elsewhere on this site about if someone impregnated a woman, do we recommend that he marry her. Which implies that the rabbi can certainly do ...
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When is a convert's Hebrew birthday?

Dinonline answers, Although a Ger is considered to be “born anew” when becoming Jewish, this is a halachic concept that relates to family relationship and the like, and it is not a “biological ...
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Does a pregnant or nursing woman fast on a postponed Tish'ah B'Av?

The Tosefta (Taanit 2:12) cited in part in the Bavli (Pesachim 54b) says that pregnant and nursing women must fast on Tisha Bav (in contrast to other minor fast days). No distinction is made for a ...
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Was Dan born out of wedlock?

You're possibly referring to the Maharsha to Shabbos 55b. To explain how Reuven didn't sin with Bilhah, he explains based on the gemarra in Yevamos that Avaraham's children couldn't marry a shifchah. ...
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Can a Jewish man be a sperm donor?

No, a Jewish man cannot be a sperm donor. Based on tshuvos from Reb Moshe (Igrot Moshe, Even Ha'Ezer 1:71 & 4:32.5) we can say Niuff byad is an issur which only married couples who undergo IVF ...
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What stone prevents miscarriage?

R' Chaim Bochner, another Polish rabbi who was a contemporary of the Taz, uses the term שטערי"ן שו"ס to refer to shooting stars (Or Chadash, ברכות על חוש הראות , s'if #2): זיקים והוא כוכב ...
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Pregnant woman with male fetus in a minyan?

The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chayim 55:4) talks about adding a Katan to a minyan: יש מתירים לומר דבר שבקדושה בתשעה וצירוף קטן שהוא יותר מבן שש ויודע למי מתפללין ולא נראין דבריהם לגדולי הפוסקים וה"ה ...
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Tehilim 51, "in sin did his mother conceive him", What does that mean?

Rav Sa'adya Gaon explains in his commentary to Psalms (51:7) that David was not making a statement about the state of Man. Rather, he was speaking personally; that he was so ashamed, that he felt as ...
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Conception/Delivery Same Time

The source is probably the Talmud (Shabbos 30b): כי הא דיתיב רבן גמליאל וקא דריש עתידה אשה שתלד בכל יום שנאמר (ירמיהו לא, ח) הרה ויולדת יחדיו Rabban Gamliel was sitting and he interpreted a ...
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May a pregnant woman eat non kosher food to satiate her craving?

Yoma 82a ת"ר עוברה שהריחה בשר קודש או בשר חזיר תוחבין לה כוש ברוטב ומניחין לה על פיה אם נתיישבה דעתה מוטב ואם לאו מאכילין אותה רוטב עצמה ואם נתיישבה דעתה מוטב ואם לאו מאכילין אותה שומן עצמו שאין לך ...
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Blessings on Birthdays

R. Elazar of Kozhnitz is cited as finding an allusion to the idea that one receives power of blessing (requesting) on their birthday in the verse (Ps. 2:7-8): אֲסַפְּרָ֗ה אֶֽ֫ל חֹ֥ק יְײ אָמַ֘ר אֵלַ֥י ...
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Was Dan born out of wedlock?

You are probably thinking of the son of an Egyptian man and an Israelite woman, who cursed God's name (Leviticus 24:10). His mother was Shlomit the daughter of Divri from the tribe of Dan (24:11). ...
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What stone prevents miscarriage?

Rashi on the original braitta in Shabbat 66b appears to identify it with the Old French קוטאנ"א, קונטנ''ה or קונטיינ"א - "contiene", related to the English "contain"; ...
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Does a woman who gives her eggs become yoledet

If there is no vaginal delivery, there is no din of yoledes. In fact, Shulchan Aruch YD 194:14 says that in the rare case of a caesarean birth that had zero vaginal discharge, there is no din of ...
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When does the soul enter the fetus?

This was a discussion between Antoninus and Rabi Yehuda HaNasi, found in Sanhedrin 91b. The following is the quotation and translation from sefaria וא"ל אנטונינוס לרבי נשמה מאימתי ניתנה באדם ...
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Was Dan born out of wedlock?

From the simple reading of the Torah it seems that it was in wedlock Beraishis 30:3-6 or here She said, “Here is my maid Bilhah. Consort with her, that she may bear on my knees and that through ...
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Personality traits of being born on certain weekdays

Gemorah Shabbos 156a [I copied Sefaria's version see complete Gemorah here] כתיב אפינקסיה דרבי יהושע בן לוי האי מאן דבחד בשבא יהי גבר ולא חדא ביה After citing relevant halakhot written in the ...
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Can a rabbi conduct a marriage if the bride is already pregnant from the groom?

Shemot 22:15 states: וְכִֽי־יְפַתֶּ֣ה אִ֗ישׁ בְּתוּלָ֛ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר לֹֽא־אֹרָ֖שָׂה וְשָׁכַ֣ב עִמָּ֑הּ מָהֹ֛ר יִמְהָרֶ֥נָּה לּ֖וֹ לְאִשָּֽׁה If a man seduces a virgin who is not betrothed and lies with ...
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Which parent names the first child?

Rav Ari Enkin in his Shulchan Ha'Ari page.133 writes that it is best to name the child together based off Koheles Rabbah 7:3. He notes that that some hold that the father gets to name the child first (...
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Trying to track down the textual source of a Jewish quote about a Rabbi Neskizh

Here. ואמר שסיפר לו אחיו הקאוולר זצוקלה"ה איך שאביהם הנעסכיזו זצוקלה"ה אמר לו " בני הלא מי שאינו מרגיש חבלי לידה ממש כמו שיש להיולדת שהיא בתוך חמשים מייל סביבותיו כדי להתפלל עבורה לעשות ...
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If a woman cannot have children, can she marry?

Rema, Even HaEzer 1:3 וּבַזְּמַן הַזֶּה נָהֲגוּ שֶׁלֹּא לָכֹף עַל זֶה. וְכֵן מִי שֶׁלֹּא קִיֵּם פְּרִיָּה וּרְבִיָּה וּבָא לִשָּׂא אִשָּׁה שֶׁאֵינָהּ בַּת בָּנִים, כְּגוֹן עֲקָרָה וּזְקֵנָה אוֹ ...
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Does a pregnant or nursing woman fast on a postponed Tish'ah B'Av?

Nishmat writes Whether a pregnant woman is exempt from fasting on a delayed Tisha B'Av is a matter of halachic debate. There is further debate regarding the halachic status of the first three ...
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Are Noahide women permitted to undergo a tubal ligation?

According to sefer Sheva Mitzvot Hashem, (Vol II, helek 5, 9:1), a tubal ligation is permitted for bnot noach. And further says: that even more than this could be done for reasons of safety or health ...
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Why does the Torah say a woman has "sperm" or "seed"?

What a word in the Torah means is best determined not by the most frequently-used English translation of that word but by examining how that word is used in context in the Torah or possibly in ...
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Pidyon Peter chamor on c section born donkeys

While we have משניות that teach us that a יוצא דפן is excluded from בכור בהמה טהורה (see בכורות ב:ט) and בכור אדם (see בכורות ח:ב), this halacha is not mentioned explicitly when the mishna deals with ...
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Woman with 2 wombs in regards to pidyon haben

the mishna in bechoros states that a child born after a ceaserian birth does not require pidyon (this is codified as halcha). gemara explains that although he is considered the opener of the womb, he ...
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Does marrying the woman one got pregnant before the baby is born make a difference?

Let's assume this is a couple who could get married, just haven't done so yet. (Both Jewish, not first-degree relatives, both single.) Inheritance -- no difference whether the parents were married or ...
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Rav Moshe's Psak on Fertility Treatments

Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff has a lecture on YUTorah about Artificial Insemination that discusses it. Rabbi Feinstein ruled that the Torah prohibition of adultery, and the resulting categorization ...
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does a husband pray for his seed (child until birth)?

Such a tefillah for an easy labor is brought in Seder Avodas Yisroel page 162, to be said after entering the 7th month of pregnancy. יהי רצון לפניך ה' אלהי ואלהי אבותי שתקל מעל אשתי פלונית בת פלונית ...
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Does a non-Jew learn in the womb the same way a Jew does?

Someone told me that he asked this question to רבי יצחק רצאבי Rabbi Yitzchok Ratzabi and he said that non Jews learn the seven Mitzvos that are applicable to them while in the womb. For R. Ratzabi's ...
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