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Sotah 25: What’s the Good of Warnings?

Two dilemmas relate back to the very long mishnah: 1. If a woman violates some aspect of modesty standards or practices, does she get a warning before she loses her entitlement to her ketubah? 2. What about the prohibited marriages – do they get warned, once we know they’re not going to drink and also won’t get their ketubot? The Gemara suggests several explanations for these dilemmas, still coming off the mishnah. Also, the nature and effect of the warnings – how it protects the women, and when they can be retracted (and when not – how subjective are they allowed to be?).

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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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