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Ketubot 19: Unreliable Documentation in Financial Halakhah

Defining and explaining the “shtar amanah” – and why a document of “trust” is not to be believed in terms of monetary transactions. How does one prove payment, however? The documentation for loans ends up being key. It’s a commitment to good faith, though it’s not binding. Also, a case of witnesses who signed and died before the document was needed. People came and attested to the signatures – that they were the handwriting of the witnesses who had died. But the claim is that they signed under duress. Which complicates matters, of course.

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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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