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Katan she'nolad dami

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The Maharal, however, says that at Har Sinai the Jews were not awarded the status of "katan she'nolad dami," as evident from their disappointment with the new rules. If Moshe found the Jewish people "bocheh l'mishpichosam," crying for their families, which Chazalunderstand as their frustrations over being forbidden to their families, they must have remained forbidden to family members. While several interpretations have been given for the Maharal, the P'ninim Mi'bei Midrasha suggests that since all of the Jewish nation were already Jews and by definition halfway along the gerusprocess, their finalizing the gerus by accepting the Torah at Har Sinai would not be enough to change their status to a katan she'nolad. Only a person entering the Jewish nation from the outside changes their status enough to change their halachic DNA.

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