Would a Child be a “Mamzer”?


I know that if a child is born out of wedlock it is considered a mamzer. If it is conceived out of wedlock does it hold the same status? If the child is conceived out of wedlock and the parents subsequently marry before it is born does the child still have the status of mamzer?

Thank you in advance for your reply.



  1. The definition of a Mamzer is a child born through a relationship that the Torah forbids. For example, a child born to a married woman having an illicit affair. A child born out of wedlock is NOT a Mamzer and there are no Halachic restrictions.

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