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Yevamot 93: The Existence of the Things That Do Not Yet Exist

First, a brief comment on Daf 91: the reading of the woman’s get. Next: Establishing a vow or acquiring something that is not yet in existence in the world, which seems like R. Akiva’s position. Except that R. Nachman bar Yitzchak presents a contradictory opinion in the name of R. Akiva himself (after a long chain of names of Tannaim). Which leads to other examples of treating that which does not yet exist as if it exists – where the halakhah is upheld. Which leads to a dream, as an explainer. Really. Also, when it comes to one witness to the death of a woman’s husband that she’s allowed to remarry – is that because the likelihood of lying in such a situation is unlikely or to enable her to marry… Plus, she’ll investigate carefully because of the implications for herself. In which case, what would that testimony do for yibum? What if she especially likes her brother-in-law? Can we still assume there’s no lie here?

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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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