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Ketubot 16: Virgin Brides

The second chapter of Ketubot! A woman who is widowed or divorced testifies that she was a virgin when they married – and the husband testifies that she was a widow then. Which needs witnesses as to how she was dressed when she left her father’s house. Plus, other indications of the time. But what if there are no witnesses? Then he is credible (not Rabban Gamliel’s approach, it seems at first blush). Also, a discussion of how the majority of brides are virgins. And that majority should negate the need for testimony! But there were extenuating circumstances that make the testimony relevant. || Talmudic Principles: ha-peh she-asar hu ha-peh she-hitir.

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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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