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Complicated intricacies surround a relationship between relatives by blood or marriage.A rabbi who is well-versed in halacha is an invaluable guide in these areas.They lived in Islamic countries where this was the local custom.For all these off-limits relationships, even if a marriage canopy is erected and rings are exchanged, the marriage is deemed invalid in the eyes of halacha.Divorce has touched many, if not most, of us causing the specter of mamzer to dance darkly below the surface of hoped-for happiness.A child born to a divorced woman who did not obtain a Jewish divorce, a get, may be a mamzer.There are other options for mamzerim that are best discussed with a rabbi who is well-versed in these areas of halacha.
The "Mamzer" Problem Lo yavoh mamzer bkahal Hashem.A mamzer may not marry a person of Jewish heritage. A child born of certain forbidden relationships between two Jews.That is, one who is born from a married woman as a product of adultery or someone born as a product of incest between certain close relatives. However, since men were biblically permitted to marry more than one wife, children born to a single woman as a result of a relationship with a married man are not classified as mamzerim.As if to remind a kohen the impact of his decisions, the daughter of a kohens forbidden relationship may not marry a kohen.(A male kohen would be wise to gently inquire about his father-in-laws marriage before getting serious with a daughter of a kohen.