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Kiddushin 62: That Which Does Not Yet Exist

If a man betrothes a woman and explains that he was mistaken in his thinking about different aspects of her identity, they remain betrothed. She wasn’t acting under false pretenses. But not so if they weren’t eligible to be betrothed at the time that the man makes conditions on the betrothal, the conditions coming true are not enough – because they weren’t eligible to begin with. Plus, a condition to betroth an unborn daughter. Also, the question of that which doesn’t yet exist vs. that which does exist, but isn’t eligible yet – for example, terumah!

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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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