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Gittin 13: From Divorces to Debts

A man appoints another man to be his shaliach to deliver either a divorce or a document that frees a slave… And then the man dies before the shaliach gets to the recipient(s), and there’s no need to give the document – in contrast to one who owes money and is using a shaliach to deliver. Even after the man dies, the funds need to reach their designated recipient. So the Gemara attempts to apply the case to flesh out the details in a way that makes sense. Also, the case of the creditor, the debtor, and the creditor’s creditor. And how timing can have impact on the transfer to pay back the loan. Can the debtor negotiate new terms? Why does this system work? Because it’s already part of halakhah.

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Anne and Yardaena

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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