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Ketubot 37: An Ethic of Justice

A female convert needs to wait 3 months post-conversion before getting married, to be sure she wasn’t pregnant prior to marriage. But not everyone agrees. Perhaps she doesn’t need to wait at all. The concern being whether she would have protected herself from promiscuity before conversion. Even to what extent would she work to prevent conception, in the event of promiscuous behavior? The women in this case certainly have some measure of agency. Also, the “eglah erufah”! Even the murderer needs to be treated with respect.

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Anne and Yardaena

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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