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Gittin 86: Handwriting, Witnesses, and a Common Get

2 mishnayot bookend this daf, with some “end of the tractate” outlandish cases: 3 types of gittin that are not good, but they are good enough to prevent children from a future marriage from being mamzerim. Basically, when the text is lacking in some way. Plus, why witnesses sign a get – namely, to prevent the husband from denying the get, for example. Also, the Gemara attempts to determine when the husband’s handwritten get suffices and when it does not. Also, 2 husbands sent 2 wives divorces via messengers, but they have the same names. Or even more… Now what?

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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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