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Yevamot 2: Ervah By Association

Diving right in… Introducing Masekhet Yevamot and Seder Nashim! Defining the case of yibum, the Levirate marriage. Defining halitzah. Defining tzarot. Also, beginning with the first mishnah, which presumes knowledge of the basic yibum case, and how co-wives negate the need for yibum for other co-wives – 15 different cases of relationships. Note that the requirement of yibum cancels the prohibition of a woman marrying her husband’s brother… And it does not cancel the other illicit sexual relationships. But by virtue of being co-wives, the possibility of negating the prohibition of marrying a brother is often cancelled. Note: Charts will be your friend!! You may want to see Hadran’s charts of these 15 cases that make each of them, and the co-wife issues visually accessible: hadran.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Yevamot-english.pdf (it’s available on Hadran in Hebrew as well).

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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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