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Yevamot 113: Women Want to Marry More Than Men Do

A deaf-mute woman is not entitled to a ketubah. Why not? What is the rationale? It seems to be left to the husband to decide. Illustrated by a story of R. Malkiyu, who established a ketubah for a deaf-mute woman, even though it wasn’t mandated. Also, exploring the deaf-mute man who cannot divorce his wife, but the deaf-mute woman can be divorced – which is the the obvious case here? Note, not only is marriage considered different when it comes to men and women, but that is also the case for divorce. Also, with additional implications for the talmudic deaf person.

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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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