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Gittin 11: Benefit to Others in Their Absence

More on non-Jewish involvement in divorces and other documents. Rava introduces an example specifically with Persian non-Jews, but did Jewish witnesses know the Persian to be sure they’re accurate? Indeed. How to ensure that the documents can’t be forged? Also, at what point can one who’s giving a get retract the document? For divorce, it’s possible to do, but not for freeing a slave – where the shaliach accepts the document on behalf of the slave, as it’s to the slave’s benefit. But divorce is not automatically to the woman’s benefit, so the shaliach doesn’t accept the document on her behalf when she’s not present.

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Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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