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B'reishit 38:26 says:

וַיַּכֵּר יְהוּדָה וַיֹּאמֶר צָדְקָה מִמֶּנִּי כִּי עַל כֵּן לֹא נְתַתִּיהָ לְשֵׁלָה בְנִי וְלֹא יָסַף עוֹד לְדַעְתָּהּ:

Then Judah recognized [them], and he said, "She is right, [it is] from me, because I did not give her to my son Shelah." But he no longer continued to be intimate with her.

Rashi says on this verse:

But he no longer continued: Heb. וְלֹא-יָסַף. Some say: he did not continue [to know her] (Targum Onkelos), and others say: he did not cease (Sotah 10b). (A similar instance is found in connection with Eldad and Medad (Num. 11:25), [where the verse reads:] וְלֹא יָסָפוּ, they did not continue, which the Targum renders: וְלֹא פָסְקוּ, they did not cease).

If Yehudah did not cease, does this mean he married Tamar? If he did not continue (which is the translation I've always seen until now), then did he finally give her his third son? Or was that unnecessary now that children were produced? If so, did she go off and marry someone else entirely, or did she remain unmarried?

(I checked Sotah 10b but didn't find any further enlightenment there.)

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I have a hard time seeing the translation brought from Sotah as a pshat translation when looking at some other parallel uses of the root: eg. Gen 8:12 Lev 26:18,21 I Sam 7:13 15:35 II King 6:23 – Double AA Nov 27 '12 at 15:16
So the only kinda sorta relevent saying I found for this was comparing Tamar to Ruth, who we know raised David's grandfather Obed by herself, Boaz having died the day after they married. Its a stretch but perhaps you could argue from this comparision that she remained unmarried. Its in the zohar. Dubious as an aswer, I'm sure, but perhaps a useful comment – Baby Seal Feb 14 '14 at 19:22
We know that Boaz died the day after they married? From where? (Or is that the referrent for "in the zohar"? Sorry, don't know if you meant this info or an argument based on it.) – Monica Cellio Feb 14 '14 at 19:26
@MonicaCellio en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boaz toward bottom, I'll see if I can find an easier source – Baby Seal May 20 '14 at 2:13

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