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Bechor (Firstborn Son)

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This class presents the Talmudic perspective on principles related to inheritance, including the double-portion of the firstborn, and the types of properties eligible to be passed on to children.
Why is that? Also, does the firstborn always inherit double, or are there some limits to this clause?
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