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Who Was Dinah’s Mother?

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One ramification of this distinction regards animals. Mi’de’oraisa, only milk from a mother animal is forbidden to be cooked with meat. If one has milk from a non-mother animal, it will only be forbidden mi’de’rabbanan to be cooked with meat. If an animal is pregnant is it considered a mother yet, or will we have to wait until it gives birth in order for it to be considered a mother? According to what we have explained, the animal will not be considered a mother until it actually gives birth. Yet even if the animal dies during labor, its offspring will have a mother.

So regarding Dinah, who was conceived in Rachel’s womb, Rachel is considered to be her mother. Thus Shimon, who was conceived in Leah’s womb, was permitted to marry Dinah.

Rabbi Raphael Fuchs

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