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Gittin 40: Jangling Coins to Freedom

When a slave-owner’s conduct has impact on the slave’s status. To what extent can a man free a female slave in order to marry her? Plus, the stories of R. Dimi, who traveled between Israel and Babylonia – to address the case where heirs are pushed to free the slaves if their benefactor. Also, a slave owned by 2 people, one of whom frees his half of the slave, but the other owner does not go along with freeing him. To the extent that he transfers his ownership to a minor – rather than free his half of the slave. And then that minor, presumably a younger child, is prevailed upon (via jangling coins) to give up the ownership. Plus, the formulations of the statement that one is freeing a slave – several versions are all acceptable. Also, what happens when a master and a slave dispute whether the master indeed freed the slave? And how valuable an admission in court counts – like 100 witnesses.

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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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