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Ketubot 29: If a Kohen Gadol Rapes a Widow, Can They Marry?

Chapter 3! A situation of rape… Which was treated differently back in the day. In this mishnah, the penalty that a man who rapes a girl (whose presumptive status is that she’s a virgin) needs to pay to her father. Plus, the penalty for engaging in an arayot relationship. Also, a dispute about the potential relationship between the man and the woman if the woman’s status is questionable – can a marriage between them take effect? Will it work? What about when there are kohanim involved? What if a widow was raped by the kohen gadol?

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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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