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Rabbi Yoel Lieberman

Tishrei 13, 5781
Question
According to the Torah and/or Jewish tradition, would an adopted son receive an inheritance just like the biological sons of a father in the same family? Thanks!
Answer
ב"ה Shalom In Bamidbar 27 and 36 where the issue of inhertance is written in the Torah there is no mention of an adopted son, although other case scenarios are mentioned. Nonetheless, over the generations attention was given to the issue of inheritance to adopted children, and it has been suggested that the benefactor should give a gift to the adopted child while the benefactor is alive to avoid clashes with the Torah laws of inheritance. (מנחת יצחק חלק ג סי' קל"ה) If this is a practical question and not a theroretical one, a competent Rabbi should be contacted in person. All the best Chag Same'ach and Shabbat Shalom
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