May 222016

Since Babylonia was considered pure in terms of the lineage of its residents, the exact borders are delineated and discussed as well as exceptions in both directions.   Rebbi on his death bed proceeds to prophesize about various things including various cities with residents of flawed lineage and also the birth of Rav Yehuda who will ultimately step into his shoes.   There is a debate about whether the opinion brought that all other lands (other than Babylonia) have people with flawed lineage is just Rabbi Meir’s opinion and the rabbis disagree and think all people are by default unflawed or do the rabbis agree?  There is  a debate also brought about whether mamzerim will be purified in the future or not.

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