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Kiddushin 14

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 25, 2016 | ט״ו באדר ב׳ תשע״ו

What are the sources for the ways in which a yevama is acquired and freed from her first husband’s brother?  How is a Jewish slave acquired and freed?  Are there differences between a Jewish slave who is sold into slavery by the court (if he stole and can’t pay it back) or if he was…

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Kiddushin 16

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 27, 2016 | י״ז באדר ב׳ תשע״ו

Sources are brought for the derivation of the methods that Jewish slaves are acquired and freed.  Reish Lakish adds another type to the list in our mishna and the gemara tries to rectify his opinion with that of the mishna and other tannatic sources. Study Guide Kiddushin 16

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Kiddushin 17

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 28, 2016 | י״ח באדר ב׳ תשע״ו

The Jewish slave gets a gift when he leaves (severance pay).  How much?  What types of items can be given?  In what cases does he not receive the gift?  Does one have to make up sick days?  Do slaves pass down to sons as inheritance?  It depends of which types of slaves and those who are…

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Kiddushin 18

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 29, 2016 | י״ט באדר ב׳ תשע״ו

Which slaves can be inherited upon death of the owner?  Do laws of inheritance apply to non Jews?  Can a convert inherit from his parents?  Can his children who converted with him inherit from him?  More differences between Jewish male and female slaves are discussed. Study Guide Kiddushin 18

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Kiddushin 19

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 30, 2016 | כ׳ באדר ב׳ תשע״ו

When a master marries the maidservant, does it effect marriage or betrothal?  What functions as the money for betrothal – is it the money that the father received for selling the daughter into slavery or is it the cancellation of the rest of the period she was meant to be working for him? Can master marry off…

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Kiddushin 20

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 31, 2016 | כ״א באדר ב׳ תשע״ו

Does the master have to be able to marry the maidservant?  What if the father conditioned the sale upon his not being able to marry her?  What if the maidservant is forbidden to him by marriage by a negative commandment?  What if he is a relative that is forbidden by punishment of karet?  If the slave…

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Kiddushin 21

By Michelle Cohen Farber / April 1, 2016 | כ״ב באדר ב׳ תשע״ו

Comparisons are made between the laws learned in the various sections in Vayikra chaprter 25 and 27 regarding selling and redemption of land, houses, Jewish slaves sold to non Jews and to Jews, and land promised to the beit hamikdash.  Sources are brought to teach various laws regarding a slave who gets his ear pierced…

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Kiddushin 23

By Michelle Cohen Farber / April 3, 2016 | כ״ד באדר ב׳ תשע״ו

A non Jewish slave is freed by money or by a document.  Is it a benefit for a non Jewish slave to be redeemed or not?  Does anything he receives while in slavery automatically become his owner’s?  If so, how can he be redeemed?  How will he have money to pay his way out?  And…

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Kiddushin 24

By Michelle Cohen Farber / April 4, 2016 | כ״ה באדר ב׳ תשע״ו

The gemara resolves a contradiction between the opinions of Rabbi Meir and the rabbis in the case of freeing a non Jewish slave with money to their opinions in a seemingly similar case regarding redeeming maaser sheni.  A non Jewish slave is redeemed if you knock out a tooth, an eye or certain extremities of his…

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Kiddushin 25

By Michelle Cohen Farber / April 5, 2016 | כ״ו באדר ב׳ תשע״ו

There is a discussion relating to which types of blemishes are considered noticeable that a slave would go free if the master caused it.  Arguments surround the cases of castrated testicles and the tongue.  Sources are brought from other areas of halacha where revealed blemishes are discussed.  The mishna discusses how larger and smaller animals…

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