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Ketubot 93: The Complication of Additional Players in Financial Allotment

A math word problem, as it were, beginning with a man who was married to 3 women, who each had ketubot of different value – and the man died. And other comparable scenarios, with payments to be puzzled out. With parallels to business investments and liquidation. Plus, how the Amoraim flesh out the details of the mishnah. Also, a deeper dive into the parallel of shared business investment, with uneven contributions. When are their returns identical, despite the uneven contributions, as per Shmuel, and when are their returns proportional? Plus, another mishnah – a man who’s married to 4 women, and dies. How are those women each to collect their respective ketubot, given the other women’s presence? Note that the Jerusalem ketubot included not only the date, but also the time of the day, as salient for the extreme case to determine policy.

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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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