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Ketubot 10: Protecting the Virginity of the Virgins

Why was the ketubah instituted to begin with? What about the groom who claims she wasn’t a virgin? Is he automatically believed, so he can get out of paying the ketubah? The ketubah protects her in the event of divorce, and this claim isn’t likely to be made lightly. Also, 6 practical cases of how this claim of a new bride not being a virgin is rejected, in protecting the woman. Plus, a mishnah on betrothals that are not consummated, where the ketubah is 200 dinars. Note the word play/derivation of “almanah,” widow.

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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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