Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mitzvah #200 - Who can a Mamzer marry?

A Mamzer may marry another Mamzer or a convert - and their children will be Mamzerim - but they may not marry a regular Jew.

A Mazer is defined as:

- a child born from a forbidden relationship where the punishment is Karet, with the exception of Niddah.

- a child who has a parent who is a Mamzer.

A child found in the market whose parentage is unknown, or the child of an unmarried mother who doesn't know who the father is or she refuses to tell us who he is, is considered a Safek Mamzer and the child may only marry a convert.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always

Verse: "A Mamzer may not marry into the congregation..." (Devarim 23:3)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 137

Shabbat Shalom

- Danny
Thursday, 18 Av 5770

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