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Ketubot 26: A Woman in Ashkelon

Some historical context for kohanim and leviim, and who got to collect the terumah and ma’aser rishon when… Note the penalty of Ezra with regard to those who did not return to the land of Israel in the time of Shivat Tzion. Plus, kohanim getting their tithes on the threshing floor. Also, a new mishnah: a woman who is imprisoned by non-Jews to get her husband to pay his debt – she’s allowed to return to her husband after he pays and she’s released. Unlike a “captive woman.” But if she’s imprisoned for a capital offense, and then later freed, she can’t go back to her husband, even if he’s not a kohen. The circumstances seem to depend on the degree of Jewish autonomy, and who is governing the non-Jewish world. Plus, an example of such a case in Ashkelon, which calls the claim about the non-Jewish immorality into question.

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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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