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Ketubot 102: Put It in Writing! Or Maybe Not

How do we each financial agreements? Do they need to be written down? Can we write them down? How can we prove their terms if they’re not written? Plus, a prooftext for this discussion, apparently for both writing and speaking, from the “sharp ones,” who make the condition of only providing for the wife’s daughter as long as the couple stays together. Also, who should raise a daughter, the mother and her family or the father and his family? There’s a story of a case that took place that illustrates the Gemara’s approach here as an example of very dark self-interest.

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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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