May 232016

There is a debate whether a convert can marry a mamzer.  Why can a shetuki (unknown father) and asufi (unknown parents – abandoned child)not marry a regular Jew?   According to the gemara, by Torah law they can, but the rabbis wanted to institute a higher standard for yochasin, lineage matters.  The gemara discusses in the asufi case distinctions between ways the baby/child was abandoned.  Not in every situation is it considered an asufi.

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