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Yevamot 90:Extreme Measures to Protect the System

The case of a man nullifying a bill of divorce in the presence of the court, while a messenger was bringing the wife the get – he can’t do this (she won’t know about it!), but if he did it, does it count or not? The court’s ability to decide whether his nullification takes effect seems dependent on kiddushin taking place with kesef, money, or an item of monetary value. The question of rabbinic power is very much in play. Plus, a series of examples of the rabbinic level of law, when in comes up against Torah-level laws. Including rabbinic corporal punishment (lashes) as serious enough punishment to protect people from violating Torah law. Plus, one who rode on a horse on Shabbat, violating a rabbinic law, and was nonetheless stoned, as it had been a Torah violation, to strengthen the seriousness of Shabbat violation. Plus, a married couple who were intimate in a public setting, and the man is flogged, again, beyond the requirement.

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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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