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Gittin 82: Exceptions That Seem to Break the Rules

Chapter 9! A new mishnah – a divorce with the vocabulary of “ehla” – permitted to any man, but rather except… But doesn’t that language stipulate a condition, in which case, how do they proceed? Is it a get on condition that she can’t marry someone specific? Or does it specify whom she can marry?? A parallel case of “negaim” – house tzara’at – can help explain this “ehla.” Also, betrothal with the exclusion of everyone except for one, and that one does the same betrothal. But how strange – to be betrothed to two people!

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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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