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Yevamot 92: The Court’s Error

The Gemara addresses what it means for the court to have an opinion – for example, if the court stipulates that the woman who has one witness testifying that her husband has died can remarry. A comparable example is brought with regard to the time that Shabbat ends, based on the darkness of the day – which might be the fault of clouds. In both cases, as it turns out, the court’s ruling is in error, but are they the same? Also, a new mishnah: a case where a woman’s husband and son travel overseas, and the husband died and then the son dies. Or the reverse. When does yibum kick in? What if it turns out that the testimony is backwards? What about a betrothal to a new man, and then the husband turns up alive? She goes back to the first husband, and the get from the man who betrothed her isn’t a full divorce.

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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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