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Ketubot 65: Real Wives of Abaye and Rava

To what extent do the provisions for a woman include wine? The answer seems to depend on whether she’s accustomed to drinking wine – clearly, some women did drink and others did not. The implications of “too many” cups of wine for her behavior are presented rather dramatically. Plus, a story of Homa, Abaye’s widow, who puts in the request with Rava for her wine, even though her husband wasn’t accustomed to drink. That interaction leads to drama with Rava’s wife, who was the daughter of R. Hisda and Homa. Also, other provisions for the woman, including mattresses, pillows, clothing, etc. Which should still be respectable, at least.

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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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