Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility Skip to content

Kiddushin 76: Background Checks

A new mishnah – checking back the lineage of a woman who marries a kohen, namely 4 women which equals 8, when you consider 4 generations on both sides. Though some families, who were in various kinds of public service, were exempt from some of those checks, because they wouldn’t have been eligible for those roles if their lineage had been blemished. But why davka the women and not the men? Also, fights about lineage brought out the insults from others. Plus, the position that converts cannot be Jewish kings, with potentially painful implications for other roles of leadership as well. And recognition of how uneven treatment of converts were in different communities.

Click here for the Talking Talmud podcast on Kiddushin 76/a>.


To listen: Click the link above. Or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Or join the Talking Talmud WhatsApp group, and receive the link as soon as it goes up.


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!"
Scroll To Top