Maseches Kesuvos 2a begins with:

בתולה נשאת ליום הרביעי ואלמנה ליום החמישי

A virgin is married on Wednesday and a widow on Thursday.

The ensuing dafim tell us the reasons why these days were specifically singled out (ex: in case husband has a *ta'anas b'sulim, shakdu, the day that fish were created etc)

Why isn't a divorced woman (or even yevamah) mentioned in this Mishnah as well?

  • They have their own locations?
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 21:48
  • @Dr.Shmuel what do you mean?
    – alicht
    Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 21:53
  • My thought is that a divorced woman isn't mentioned because the reason given for a virgin doesn't apply to her: שאם היה לו טענת בתולים היה משכים לבית דין. Of course this wouldn't apply to a divorced woman. I'm not sure if this is contradicted by something on the ensuing dapim
    – b a
    Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 22:18
  • @ba right- but the subsequent 2 would. Maybe one could suggest that she'd have the same din as a widow, but haven't seen a source that suggests that
    – alicht
    Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 22:26
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    @alicht, look at the first mishnah in perek af al pi, we say an almanah gets 100 zuz for a kesubah. A gerusha gets the same, but it's not mentioned because it's really included.
    – Rafael
    Commented Feb 27, 2019 at 2:01

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In Kesubos 10b the Gemorah defines exactly what almanah in the Mishana is referring to:

מאי אלמנה אמר רב חנא בגדתאה אלמנה על שם מנה אלמנה מן האירוסין מאי איכא למימר איידי דהא קרי לה אלמנה הא נמי קרי לה אלמנה
What is an Almanah? Says Rav Chono from bagdad: Her name means she gets a Maneh. -This would apply to a widow that consumated her marrage (rashi)- but a widow who was betrothed and still a virgin surely she gets two maneh? since we have coined a term for a widow from full mariage as "almana" we also use this term for a widow from betrothal (even though the name one Maneh does not reflect her value as vrgin to receive two maneh in her Kesubah)

So really there are only two categories:

  1. a virgin who receives 2 maneh which include a regular newlywed, a widow from betrothal, a Yevama from betrothal or a divorcee from betrothal.

  2. a widow from full marriage nissuin receives 1 Maneh like her name almanah, a Yevama from nissuin, a divorcee from nissuin and any woman who is not a virgin.


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