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Ketubot 83: A Cucumber Is Better Than a Gourd

[Shanah tovah! This episode is for Tuesday, September 27, the second day of Rosh Hashanah] A new chapter! Can you relinquish something that is your right to own? Specifically, can a husband recuse himself, as it were, from his wife’s property? Or does it remain his for the produce of it, as those are the Torah’s terms? Plus, whoever owns the given document is at a disadvantage – to what extent does the husband retain his rights? Also, a brief reflection on mortality, given how people handle their land (and how easily, or not so easily would they sell, depending on the commonality of consequences?). So, beyond the question of whether the adjustment to the Torah contract could even work, there’s also the question of whether one would actually try!

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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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