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Gittin 7: If and When to Turn to Secular Authorities

[Who’s Who: Mar Ukva] Mar Ukva, the exilarch, asks whether he is allowed to turn over Jews to the non-Jewish (Babylonian) government – the reasons they are upsetting him are unclear, but he is clearly bothered by them. The response: even when you know you have enemies, keep yourself quiet. Plus, follow-up on the idea that God will ease the unpleasant situation, instead of people taking matters into their own hands to bring the other parties to the authorities. Also, a discussion of the crowns that were worn by the brides and bridegrooms, and how it became prohibited (citing Sotah!) – and whether it’s a rabbinic or Torah prohibition (a suggestion by R. Hisda, in the absence of his teacher R. Huna). Plus, why the brides were able to continue to wear garlands.

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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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