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"ערוה" is the Torah's usual word for a forbidden relationship.
I remember seeing a Rishon, maybe a Tosefos, who says that the fact that kiddushin is impossible, that a permanent relationship is impossible - is the definition of what makes something ערוה.
Does anyone know where that is?

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  • Tannaim debate if kiddushin is possible for chayvei lavin without karet, so you could say they are debating what is an ערוה but you first have to give meaning to the category ערוה that you are trying to define. Just saying forbidden relationships are forbidden is tautological.
    – Double AA
    Commented May 13 at 14:45
  • Rambam defines ervah as a relationship that is proscribed on pain of Kares, as delineated in Acharei mos (Ishus 1:5). All arayos are impervious to kiddushin (ibid 4:12), niddah aside. If you're correct then that Rishon would not include the niddah as an ervah.
    – Nahum
    Commented May 13 at 15:06
  • @Nahum, insofar as the question is "which Rishon says it and where?" i think you have an answer to that question.
    – Ze'ev
    Commented May 13 at 15:17
  • @Nahum Rabbenu Tam seems to think Niddah, as a temporary prohibition, cannot be an Ervah (Sefer Hayashar 80:1).
    – Double AA
    Commented May 13 at 15:52
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    @DoubleAA See Sotah 18b
    – shmosel
    Commented May 13 at 20:03

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