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BAVA BASRA 127 (4 Sivan) - Dedicated by Mr. David Kornfeld in memory of the members of his family, Hashem Yikom Damam, who perished at the hands of the Nazi murderers in the Holocaust. (The exact date of their passing is not known; their Yahrzeit is observed on 4 Sivan.) May our Torah learning and teaching be l'Iluy Nishmas Mr. Kornfeld's mother (Mirel bas Yakov Mordechai), brothers (Shraga Feivel, Aryeh Leib and Yisachar Dov, sons of Mordechai), grandfather (Reb Yakov Mordechai ben David - Shpira) and aunt (Charne bas Yakov Mordechai - wife of Reb Moshe Aryeh Cohen z'l).


1. The Gemara discusses the various laws of a Tumtum who is found to be a male.
2. A Tumtum does not have a Bris on the eighth day if the eighth day falls on Shabbos.
3. There is a dispute about whether a father is believed to say that a different son is his firstborn.
4. The same dispute applies regarding a father who identifies his son as an invalid Kohen.
5. If a man says that this person is his [non-Jewish] slave, and then he says that the person in fact is his [Jewish] son, he is believed.


1. A Tumtum is a person born with a flap of skin covering the genital area, so that it is not clear whether the person is male or female. The Gemara is discussing such a person who had a surgery removing the flap of skin, and he was found to be a male.
2. The Torah says, "And she gives birth to a male, and on the eighth day he should perform Milah," implying that Milah must be done on the eighth day -- even if it falls on Shabbos -- only when, at the time of birth, the baby was clearly male. Similarly, his mother is not deemed to be Tamei after giving birth, since a woman is only Tamei if she gives birth to a child that is clearly male or female at the time of birth (as implied by the verse).
3. Rebbi Yehudah: The verse, "Yakir," implies that not only should the father recognize his firstborn son by giving him a double portion, he has the authority to make others recognize the identity of his firstborn. Chachamim: The father is not believed to say that a different son is his firstborn (and not the one that is currently known to be his firstborn).
4. Rebbi Yehudah: A father is believed to say that his child is a Chalal, and that he divorced his mother and then remarried her before she conceived this child. Chachamim: He is not believed.
5. When he referred to his son as his slave, he meant that his son works hard for him like a slave.

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