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Ketubot 52: Captives, Bloodletting, and Tailoring a Standardized Ketubah

When is a husband obligated to redeem his wife? To be sure, it depends, and it’s a machloket. Also, more generally, redeeming people for ransom, including the question of redeeming captives for more than they’re even worth. Likewise, the discussion veers to whether a husband would need to pay more than the ketubah value. Plus, what does a husband have to pay for a wife’s medical treatment? Is there a cap on his monetary obligation? Note also: bloodletting of the world then. Also, a new mishnah, on how children inherit the ketubah money, what’s standard in the contract, and what’s different for boys and girls.

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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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