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Gittin 28: Schrodinger’s Get

When a shaliach brings a get from the husband to the wife, the assumption is that status quo ante – the husband is presumed to remain alive, and other similar conditions (eg, one’s right to eat terumah). Plus, a key dispute that reflects personal approach, within the debate. Plus, why only men did semicha (laying on if hands) for the sin-offering, and women did not. [Who’s Who: R. Yehudah ben Prata] Also, different cases, including a besieged town and a ship at sea… when does one presume the person there is alive or did, or get the stringencies of both cases?

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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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