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Yoma 13: The Kohen’s Backup Wife and Conditional Divorce

On the backup wife for the kohen gadol on Yom Kippur (though it is basically rejected as a plan). He can be married to two women (even though it’s an era when polygamy was still allowed) – but could he use a conditional divorce? Is that actually practical?! To what extent are they blase about conditional divorce? Also, some of the examples of where conditional divorce does not work, when the condition itself invalidates the very phenomenon of divorce. Plus, the case of aninut (sharp mourning) for the kohen gadol.


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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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