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Gittin 26: “Because of the Decree”

A new mishnah! And a template for a divorce, as well as other transactions, and the question of what blanks would need to filled with the right names and the date and so on. But templates don’t really work for gittin. Plus, how the get is actually written. Also, what does it mean that the sages decreed… They wanted to prevent quarreling. They wanted to prevent conflicts over the same name. Or putting the divorcing couple on the spot. Plus, “agunah” (in contrast to modern examples). How iron-tight can the decree go?

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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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