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Gittin 66: Demons and Shadows

A series of mishnayot. 1. At first, when someone was to be taken out to be executed, they’d write a get on his behalf, even if he was abbreviated in his instructions. And that was extended to others. Plus, a story about Geneiva – another appearance in Gittin! Also, pre-death gifts in the context of gittin. 2. Concern about shedim, demons, who might trick one into giving a get. 3. A healthy person who designates a scribe to write a get, but doesn’t say anything about delivering it – is that mocking the wife or an unfortunate circumstance? 4. Designating witnesses from among a group that include one who wouldn’t be a kosher witness (eg, one’s son) – how does that work?

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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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