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Yevamot 108: Not against Her Will

A mishnah from 107b: defining a minor girl, who would then need to and be able to refuse a betrothal organized by her mother or brother. She needs to have a level of understanding of what’s going on. The Gemara gives us way to determine whether she has the ability to take enough responsibility to protect it… The sages are adding layers of protection but establishing by okaying limitations. Plus, another mishnah: How a divorce establishes prohibitions…. again, that protect her. When a minor girl’s refusal is compared to get…. Her refusal is less strong, but the timing of either or both makes a difference.

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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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