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Why are the descendants of Hurdus still considered to be slaves according to Shmuel?

In Maseches Kiddushin 70b it seems that Shmuel held that Hurdus and his descendants had the status of slaves, but in Gittin 38a it seems that according to Shmuel, if the master gives up on retrieving ...
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Divorce for injured males?

If a man can’t satisfy his wife sexually because he was injured by someone or something else and made a eunuch (such as say during wartime injuries or a wood chipper) can his wife divorce him? Is ...
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Orthodox Lieberman clause

Have there been any Orthodox Rabbis who recognize the Saul Lieberman clause in a Ketubah or something similar to it? I understand originally there was working together between Joseph B. Soloveitchik ...
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Conditional get: reading the mishnah

Mishnah in Gittin 74a: מַתְנִי׳ ״הֲרֵי זֶה גִּיטִּךְ, עַל מְנָת שֶׁתִּתְּנִי לִי מָאתַיִם זוּז״ – הֲרֵי זוֹ מְגוֹרֶשֶׁת, וְתִתֵּן. MISHNA: If a husband says to his wife: This is your bill of divorce ...
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Freeing a slave by kinyan

Gittin 39b tells the story of a slavewoman whose master attempted to free her by giving her his hat. But this wasn’t valid because it was HIS hat. For the transfer to be valid, the object would have ...
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Spelling mismatch between ketubah and gett

Without going into the whole Gantsah Geshichta, my sister is trying to convince me of the critical importance of the spelling of a person's name. She points to a local Rabbi who is an "expert in ...
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Why is Kamtza blamed?

The famous Gemara in Gittin says אקמצא ובר קמצא חרב ירושלים, that Jerusalem was destroyed because of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza. I understand why Bar Kamtza s getting some of the blame, but why is Kamtza ...
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Hekesh vs Gezeira Shava

Gittin 41b discusses whether a Gezeira Shava or Hekesh "is stronger" (prevails). The arguments back and forth are not relevant to my question. The ״לָהּ״–״לָהּ״ Gezeira Shava is not attacked ...
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Is this a way to debate?

Gittin 20a: Rav Ḥisda said: I am able to invalidate all the bills of divorce in the world... Rava said to him: What is the reason that you could invalidate them? I would expect that Rav Ḥisda would ...
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What does halacha say about the timing and conditions of the Jewish divorce ceremony?

According to halacha, what conditions need to exist before a husband can give his wife a gett (Jewish divorce), or before a wife can accept a gett from her husband? In the letter below from Rabbi ...
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Three yods in a Get

https://www.sefaria.org/Gittin.85b.12?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en. The gemara says that there are two words in a get (Jewish divorce document) that should be written with three consecutive yods: ...
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Nakdimon Ben Gurion real name

The first Rash"i in Masechet Taanis (20a) says that Nakdimon Ben Gurion's real name was Boni. How did Rash"i know that, is there any earlier source for that?
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Was Haman rewarded for supporting Torah learners and building the Beis HaMikdash?

The Midrash Shochar Tov (22:25) writes לשלשה חלקים נחלק ממונו של המן. שליש למרדכי ואסתר. ושליש לעמלי תורה. ושליש לבנין בית המקדש - Haman's money was divided into thirds: 1/3 was given to Mordechai ...
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Where does Sefaria get "Nazarene" from in the Talmud in Gittin 57a?

Where does Sefaria get "Nazarene" from in the Talmud in Gittin 57a? https://www.sefaria.org/Gittin.57a.4?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en אזל אסקיה [ליש"ו] בנגידא (לפושעי ישראל) א&...
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Conditional divorce and the ketubah

According to Mishna 7:5 of Masechet Gittin, if a man gives a woman a divorce on condition that she give him 200 zuz, she is divorced and must give it to him. But this seems to make the ketubah useless ...
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How can the Gemara argue here, isn't it all facts?

The Gemara in Gittin 22a brings a machlokes in regard to fruits getting nutrients from a tree that is half in ארץ ישראל and half in חוץ לארץ. ומאי טעמא דרשב"ג דמפסיק צונמא מאי טעמא דרבי דהדרי ...
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Divorce and Mizbeach

The gemara in Gittin 90b has a memoir that says if a man divorces one's wife the mizbeach, the altar, cries over this. Why and how is the mizbeach connected to marriage and the separation of man and ...
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Who would convert Nebuzardan?

In Gemara Gittin 57b we find a story about Nebuzardan "taking revenge" for the murder of Zechariah Hanavi. To make a long story short, after he literally slaughters thousands of Jewish men, women ...
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Why only ask about תרומה and שחיטה? (in גטין ב׃ תוד״ה עד)

The Bavli, Gitin 2 amud 2, says that one person is believed when he testifies about isurin (prohibitions), and it immediately limits that to the case that the person is not testifying against an ...
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Maps that can aid the locations of the cities referenced in Masechet Gittin?

I’m currently learning Masechet Gittin and would like to know where I can find maps of the cities referenced in the first daf or so that can assist me. Cities like heger, rekem, kfar lud, etc is what ...
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Divorcing one's wife if "she burnt his food OR he saw someone prettier." Huh?

The mishnah on Gittin 90a lists two starting reasons that could be grounds for divorcing one's wife: ובית הלל אומרים אפילו הקדיחה תבשילו שנאמר כי מצא בה ערות דבר ר' עקיבא אומר אפי' מצא אחרת נאה ...
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Why does Rashi translate בירה differently in different places?

In some places, Rashi translates בירה as a "מגדל [גדול]‏", a "[large] tower" (Bava Kamma 61b, Taanis 16a). In other places he translates it as a "בית גדול", a "large house" (Bava Kamma 22a, Gittin ...
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Why is "marriage effective contingent upon the approval of the Sages"?

In Gittin 33a, Kesuvos 3a we learn that Rabbanan have the power to uproot a kiddushin because: כל דמקדש אדעתא דרבנן מקדש ואפקעינהו רבנן לקידושין מיניה When a man betroths a woman, he does so under ...
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What is a “halachic annulment” of a marriage and when is it employed?

I’m stunned that this question wasn’t previously asked. The Gemara (Gittin 33a) discusses the concept of כל דמקדש אדעתא דרבנן מקדש - anyone who marries does so with the consent of the Rabbis. As ...
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Can a husband divorce his wife while maintaining financial relations with her?

The passuk (Devarim 24:1,3) describes a get as a ספר כריתות, a “book of separation.” To that end, Chazal derive that a get must completely separate between them. A classic example of this is that a ...
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Divorce by phone?

If a man calls his rabbi with instructions to give his wife a get, is the get valid? Does the husband have to appear in person before a bet din? On 9/11, I remember reading about a man who did ...
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Is "Darchei Shalom" to Gentiles an obligation or just "good policy"?

Talmud Bavli Gittin 61a state 3 actions that we should perform for Gentiles in the "manner" that we do these for Jews: supporting them, financially visiting them if they're ill burying their dead ...
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Who was Yalta's father?

In Gittin 67b Yalta is identified by Rashi as the daughter of the Nasi/Exilarch. Since she was married to the 3rd generation Babylonian Amora Rav Nachman (as per brachot 51b) I assume she was born ...
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Reciting Scripture Orally

The Talmud (Gittin 60b) states that the Written Law may not be recited orally: דברים שבכתב אי אתה רשאי לאומרן על פה This is cited as authoritative law, by Rambam in Hilkhot Tefillah (12:8). Are ...
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Question on Rashi Gittin 90a and 90b

The mishnah in Gittin daf צ amud א (last daf) lists different positions rabbis hold about when a man can/should divorce his wife. Beit Shammai seems to be the most restrictive and says only if the ...
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why is a half `Eved` not freed automatically

The Mishnah in Gittin debates a situation of a slave (Eved Cna'ani) of two masters that one of the masters frees him, this turns him into a half freed man (and Jewish) and half slave (and not Jewish?!...
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Is the number of Jews killed during the Babylonian exile according to Gittin literally true?

Since the only authoritative sources of information, in this case, seem to be the Jewish Scriptures, can you help understand them? ... in this valley Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard killed ...
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Why does Nero convert to Judaism in folio 56a in tractate Gittin in the Babylon Talmud?

In the Gittin tractate, folio 56a (focusing on the destruction of Jerusalem), it briefly mentions Nero: "He [the Emperor] sent against them Nero the Caesar. As he was coming he shot an arrow ...
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Question on Rashi in Gittin 76

The Gemara Gittin 76, in a discussion of conditional divorces, says (transation from Soncino): Our Rabbis taught: If a man said to his wife in the presence of two witnesses, 'Here is your Get, on ...
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Why did Naphtali name his first son Yachtzeal (יַחֲצִיאֵל)?

Why did Naphtali name his first son Yachtzeal (יַחֲצִיאֵל)? The name is mentioned (as יַחְצְאֵל) in Bereishis 46:24 and Bamidbar 26:48, and (as יַחֲצִיאֵל) in Divrei Hayomim I 7:13, but is there any ...
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Why is beautification essential for a sefer torah?

The gemara in Gitin 54b declares worthless a Torah scroll that had all the Tetragrammatons rewritten because it ends up looking menumar (spotted), apparently because this would be a violation of "ze ...
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Should all white wine be avoided in accordance with the Talmudic suggestion to avoid "white tilia wine"?

The Gemara in Gittin 70a says: Mar 'Ukba said: If a man drinks white tilia, he will be subject to debility. R`Hisda said: There are sixty kinds of wine; the best of all is red fragrant wine, the ...
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What is the אדר plant, according to Rashi?

A friend of mine (Hi, Yoel!) pointed out a possible discrepancy in Rashi's comments on the Talmud. On Beitzah 15b, Rashi opines (sv ופירותיה משתמרין) that אדר is a grass (עשב), against the more ...
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Does G-d want intermarried couples to divorce?

Does G-d want intermarried couples to divorce? I don't want to provide too much explanation, but rather leave it open-ended. I will ask those who post answers to consider a broad range of cases, ...
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What is the case of "ishus"? (Gittin 83a)

The gemara discusses various ways to disprove the opinion of Rabbi Eliezer, that גירושי חוץ/גירושין על מנת (either a divorce that does not work for one person, or a divorce that's made on condition ...
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First Rights for Kohanim

The Gemara Gittin 59b states that there's a Biblical command to respect Kohanim by giving them 'first rights': תנא דבי רבי ישמעאל וקדשתו לכל דבר שבקדושה לפתוח ראשון ולברך ראשון וליטול מנה יפה ראשון ...
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What does the Ritva hold about טלי קידושיך מעל גבי קרקע?

The case of "טלי גיטיך מעל גבי קרקע" (where the husband told his wife to pick up her גט [divorce document], rather than handing it to her directly) is an invalid divorce (רבא, Gittin 24a). The ...
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Rabi Yochanan Ben Zakai, or Josephus?

Josephus in The War of the Jews (Book 3 - 8:9) records a story of how he meets Vespasian, tells him that he will become ruler, and Titus will take over his position. Vespasian, although sceptical at ...
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Does the "mezakeh" need to know that he's using "zachin," for it to work?

There's a Talmudic concept known as "זכין לאדם שלא בפניו," that one can acquire something on behalf of another, even if that other person does not know that this is happening, so long as it's a זכות, ...
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Can I notarize a document?

According to the gemara (bottom of Gittin 11a), you need to be "אפיצן" to documents in order for them to be considered valid, in order to be a "שטר שאינו יכול לזייף," a document that cannot be proven ...
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How long is לאלתר?

In the mishna on Gitin 27a, the rule is that if someone delivers a get (bill of divorce) from another country, loses it, and finds it again, should not deliver it to the woman unless he either finds ...
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Beis HaMikdosh and Shechinah

I heard some mention the Gemara in Gittin which says that Titus y"m went into the קודש הקדשים with a harlot. He slashed the curtains, opened a sefer torah and had relations with the harlot. The Jews ...
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Why did R' Yochanan ben Zakkai ask for multiple things?

In Gittin 56b there is a conversation between Vespasian and R' Yochanan ben Zakkai. Vespasian offers to grant a wish of R' Yochanan's אלא בעי מינאי מידי דאתן לך R' Yochanan proceeds to ask for 3 ...
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Idolatrous Courts of Judah's Kings

The Talmud in Gittin 88a says that Israel was only destroyed once it had seven courts that worshiped idols. It proceeds to list seven different Northern Kings. Rashi explains that the Kings of Judah ...
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Order of Idolatrous Kings' Courts

The Talmud in Gittin 88a says that Israel was only destroyed once it had seven courts that worshipped idols: Jeroboam son of Nebat's... Pekah son of Remalia's, Menahem son of Gadi's, and Hosea son of ...
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