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Yevamot 44: Rabbi Akivas Mamzerim

A case: 4 brothers married to 4 women, and some of the brothers died… Can a brother do yibum more than once? When is chalitzah done instead? What does an “invalid” status mean? Also, a man who remarries the woman he’d divorced, after she is divorced or widowed by someone else. Can they stay married? What is the status of children? Note Rabbi Akiva’s difficult (and rejected) position regarding who is a mamzer.

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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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