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Yevamot 59: The Restrictive Marital Status of the High Priest

A new mishnah – this time, on the marriage restrictions on the kohen gadol, the high priest. He is not permitted to marry a divorcee… Nor a grown woman, which of course needs a lot of unpacking… Nor a woman whose hymen is not intact – the focus here is most definitely on virginity. What was the reality of all this for the kohen gadol? And to what degree did the sages expect any of these cases to happen? But why is she described as being “not a grown woman”? A clear dispute, and the majority position is that she can be an adult,

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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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