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Ketubot 23: Women Testify

What happens if witnesses as to a woman’s captivity only show up after she’s already married (as per the mishnah)? The Gemara explains that the mishnah doesn’t mean actually married. And if she has witnesses who can corroborate that she was unscathed – that is believed. Likewise, if there are witnesses that she’s NOT unscathed, she’s supposed to leave her marriage (especially if she’s married to a kohen). Plus, a case of events that took place – actual captive women. With Shmuel knocking his father, and with his father winning, after all. Also, a paid of witnesses who each said they were pure – they can testify on behalf of the others, but not for themselves. Plus the full range of permutations, so that all basis are covered. Including what happens if the party, or some parties, are kohanim, or people waiting to be established as kohanim.

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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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