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Ketubot 27: Holding Hands: To No Avail

A mishnah: A city that was conquered – the women who were married to kohanim are now forbidden to their husbands. But if there were witnesses that the women were unscathed, they are believed, even if they aren’t usually considered credible. Plus, a counter example to weaken the strong mishnah statement, via barrels of wine, even during wartime. What if circumstances indicate that they were protected? The sages know they want to be lenient in these cases – let’s call it, “magical halakhic thinking.” Also, the very sad story of a kohen who couldn’t testify about himself. [Who’s Who: R. Zechariyah Ben HaKatzav] || Talmud Principles: A person can’t testify on his (or her) own behalf.

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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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