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Rambam in Mishneh Torah Hilchos Eidus 9 (1) gives ten categories of disqualifications. Any person belonging to one of them is not acceptable as a witness. The tenth one is people who have a vested interest in the matter So we see that someone with a vested interest in the outcome of the case is disqualified as a witness.
The witnesses who sign the ketubah are witnessing the ketubah -- that is, the husband's obligations to the wife. Witnesses serve the same function here as with any other legal document (debt, property sale, or even a get). The witnesses at the chupah, on the other hand, testify to the completion of that stage of the marriage. While today we generally ...
Pesach Hadvir 268:7 - line 10 says that since Vayechulu is a Eidus that is well known, even ladies can be witnesses for this. On line 15 he says that a man and lady can say it together. Kaf Hachaim 268:36 mentions this source.
If a navi is kovesh ne'vu'aso he is chaya misah, the question is how do we know he is being kovesh ne'vuaso? The mephorshim explain that every navi heard every nevuah, just that only one was meant to transmit the message. Therefore when the prophecy was transcribed other neviim would be able to verify its accuracy. This would not apply to Moshe who had ...
In Michtav M'Eliyahu, R' Dessler has a chapter where he explains that when chazal say that someone or something "says" something it means that the state of their existence logically implies such a thing. For example, the mishnayos in maseches Parah which have different inanimate objects "saying" things to other inanimate objects. So it could be that the ...
I think it is supposed to understood as follows: On the day .... the bridegroom ... said to this [...] daughter of [...], “Be my wife according to the law of Moses and Israel”! Implied - as decreed by Chazal - is the following: [As a result, it's as if he added:] I will work honor, feed and support you in the custom of Jewish men, who work, honor, ...
I've seen #2 and #3 at Sephardic weddings outside of Israel (I believe the officiating rabbi was of Algerian ancestry) as well. So I'd assume it's more of an Ashkenazic/Sephardic split than a Jerusalem/UK split, though it's certainly possible that Sephardic practice influences non-Sephardim in Jerusalem as well.
I found this article: http://www.din.org.il/2015/01/18/עדות-באמצעות-סקייפ/ Which confirms the view of @IsaacKotlicky regarding testimony for a wedding or divorce i.e. since this testimony is עדות לקיומי the witnesses have to be in the place, although maybe it depends on the machloket of עדות עפ"י אומדנא. However if the case requires Edut just as a ...
Rashi on "וירא כי אין איש" did not imply that there was no one who saw him kill the mitzri, but that there was no man would be descended from him. This would mean that probably someone saw him do that (e.g Datan and Aviram).
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