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Author:  JJ
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Date:  12/21/2004 11:05:00 PM
Subject:  Mamzerut
Message:  Reading the SHU"T Yabia Omer, I am often struck by the wild pilpulistic gymnastics that Rav Ovadiah Yosef goes through to permit potential cases of Mamzerut. Although I know his effort is l'shem shamayim, it certainly appears strange that he ALWAYS comes out with a lenient ruling, often utilizing reasoning that seems forced or fanciful at best.

Are the piskei halacha that emerge from the Israeli Batei Din - with regard to personal status issues like mamzerut and agunot - considered reliable by your father, in view of the fact that they are frequently based on such unusual far-fetched "lomdut"?
Reply:  My father is not aware of any specific cases that you are referring to. If you have one in mind, please repost.

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