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Ketubot 11: Virginity: A Lack of Sexual Activity or an Intact Hymen?

Different categories of women, including converts, captives who were freed, and maidservants – who were expected to have has sexual intercourse, given the circumstances of their lives – unless they completed those statuses prior to being 3 years and one day old. Then they are considered virgins. Plus, recanting one’s childhood conversion (for example). Also, a cases where the unions do not result in a virgin’s ruptured hymen. And the status of “mukat eitz,” where the hymen has been ruptured, but not via sexual intercourse. Plus, the question of when a claim of virginity is to be expected or not relevant. With implications for the ketubah money.

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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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