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"Shas Kattan." Maseches Kesubos (112 dafim/pages) deals with a variety of marital responsibilities, especially those intended for the marital contract aka "the kesubah."

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Explanation of a Tosfos on Kesubos 111a; ד"ה בבלה

I was reading the Gemara about whether it is permissible to emigrate from Babylonia to Eretz Yisrael (Kesubos 111a). Rav Yehudah holds that whoever ascends from Babylonia to Eretz Yisrael, ...
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Wasn't Rabbi Akiva violating hilchos onah?

Akiva stayed away from his wife for 24 years. Per Kesuvos 61b, this is forbidden. As a talmid chacham, he might be able to stretch it to a week, but not more. Was this an aveira?
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Pain in Rape vs. Seduction, isnt the difference obvious?

The gemara in Ketubot 39a and 39b discusses the difference between the pain endured during rape and seduction in order to fully understand why a rapist has to pay צער and a seducer doesn't. From the ...
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Who was R Abba Shaul's mother, Imma Miriam?

Asking about the mother of אַבָּא שָׁאוּל בֶּן אִימָּא מִרְיָם, who is mentioned in Kesuvos 87a and other places in the gemara. Is there any information about "Imma Miriam": who she was, why ...
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Not rupturing hymen

An unattributed statement in Ketubot 6b: The majority of men are experts in intercourse without rupturing the hymen. On the other hand, Niddah 64b: Rabbi Ḥanina maintains that Shmuel was ...
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Original Arabic text of Isaac Alfasi in last 3 responsum of Menahem Azariah da Fano

In Shut Harama Mipano (see opening page of book), the final three responsum are from the Rif, and explain three laws in tractate Kesubos. He wrote them in Arabic, and the Rama got a reputable ...
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Where's the Gemara about a woman ultra-multitasking?

I thought – but forgive me, can't find it now – that the Gemara assumes if a husband provides for his wife, then he has the rights to minor earnings she makes from spinning or the like. The Gemara ...
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How is the vav extra?

In Ketubot, 103a the text discusses what the "et" words include in the phrase כַּבֵּ֥ד אֶת־אָבִ֖יךָ וְאֶת־אִמֶּ֑ךָ Each et refers to another spouse of the parent so the non-biological step ...
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Discarding halachic rules on Ketubot 60b

In Masechet Ketubot, 60b there is a discussion of how long a nursing woman has to wait before being remarried. There are 2 opinions: R. Meir says 24 months (or 21 months as the problem with the milk ...
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On tunneling to Israel after death

I don't understand this passage in the Talmud: The righteous outside of Eretz Yisrael will be resurrected and roll [until they reach Eretz Yisrael]… Rabbi Abba Salla Rava strongly objects to this: ...
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Why is there a switch from Sin to Samech?

related Relationship between Samekh and Sin (referencing the Schottenstein edition of Masechet Ketubot -- I haven't checked other printings) In the mishna on 46b, the text reads נשאת יתר עליו הבעל -- ...
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Why isn't there a source for a widows time limit?

The Mishnah in Ketubot 57a says: נותנין לבתולה שנים עשר חודש משתבעה הבעל לפרנס את עצמה, וכשם שנותנין לאשה כך נותנין לאיש לפרנס את ‏עצמו. ולאלמנה שלשים יום One gives a virgin twelve months from the ...
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Why is Yevamot the first masechet in Nashim?

Rashi in Nazir (2a) says that Ketuvot is the main Masechta in Nashim. If so, why is Ketuvot not the first Masechta in Nashim? Thanks so much in advance.
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Does the Gemara talk about interpersonal dynamics between step-siblings in blended families?

Obviously the model of get married at age 20, stay married for 70 years, then both spouses drop dead was not one in the Gemara; if nothing else, enough people died young that remarriages were common. ...
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If a Gett is given on condition the husband does not return what is considered "returning"?

Apologies if this is answered simply elsewhere -- I haven't studied the laws of Gittin, but this question doesn't seem to be addressed in the connected mishna in Gittin 76a. In Ketuvot, 2b, the text ...
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Looking for a Tosafos

I remember seeing a Tosafos in Ksubos a while back which states that when a man gets married, he should go to his in-laws for the chag that follows his wedding. Does anyone know exactly where I can ...
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Origins of the standard Ketubah text we use today

Maseches Ketubot deals all about the laws related to the Ketubah, and these laws (ex: the amount of money, obligations) are codified in the Shulchan Aruch Even Haezer simanim 66-118. However, while ...
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What exactly is the "chiddush" of Motzi Shem Ra?

TL;DR (please see below for a longer, detailed explanation) Question: What exactly is the chiddush (novel concept) of Motzi Shem Ra? a) Is it that if Motzi Shem Ra about a naarah meorasah (...
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Understanding the split payments for embarrassment in Kesubos 6:1

Kesubos 6:1 says: מְצִיאַת הָאִשָּׁה וּמַעֲשֵׂה יָדֶיהָ, לְבַעְלָהּ. וִירֻשָּׁתָהּ, הוּא אוֹכֵל פֵּרוֹת בְּחַיֶּיהָ. בָּשְׁתָּהּ וּפְגָמָהּ, שֶׁלָּהּ. רַבִּי יְהוּדָה בֶן בְּתֵירָא אוֹמֵר, בִּזְמַן ...
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Number of times the names of the husband & wife appear on the Ketubah

From a few Ketubot that I've seen, it seems that the husband's name is written 6x and the wife's name is written 3x. Is there a specific number of times a husband's and wife's names should appear on ...
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Why is the first time a couple has marital relations called "beilas mitzvah?"

The gemara (Ketubot 4a) and poskim (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 193:1) refer to the first time a couple having marital relations as "beilas mitzvah" (mitzvah of marital relations). Being as the couple ...
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Wearing special clothes in public while in niddah- isn't this a lack of tznius?

The gemara in Ketubot 72a tells us that women wore special clothes when they were in niddah, and thus all the neighbors would know when a woman was in niddah ("הוחזקה נדה בשכינותיה"). This ...
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When did the practice of doing Kiddushin followed immediately by Nisuin begin?

not really related to: "Why in olden days was there a long break between Kiddushin & Nisuin?" In the times of the Talmud (Ketubot 57a) there was usually a significant amount of time between ...
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Do Tosafos and Rambam completely agree regarding "the blessing of the house"?

If a woman chooses to be supported from her dead husband's estate, she can; but if the heirs live in the deceased's home then they can (usually) compel her to do so also, or forfeit her upkeep. The ...
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"Where's the court's power to assess?" Who cares?

The mishna, K'subos 11:5, quotes Raban Shim'on ben Gamliel as saying that a court's property assessment is effective even when found to be far off the mark. The reason he gives is "otherwise, where's ...
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Nowadays, do we write "besulah" & "200 zuz" in the ketubah for every woman's first marriage?

I remember once hearing that even though the mishnah & gemara in Maseches Ketubah state that a besulah/ virgin maiden gets 200 zuz for a ketubah (and a a be'ulah/non-virgin maiden gets 100 zuz)-- ...
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Does "ta'anas besulim" (claims of virginity) exist nowadays?

The first few perakim of Maseches Kesuvos deal extensively with ta'anas besulim (claims of virginity). As this doesn't require the Beis Hamikdash to be around, and-- since it's a monetary matter-- ...
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How can a convert be a Na'arah Me'orasah?

Kesuvos 4:3 discusses various cases of a convert who commits adultery as a Na'arah Me'orasah. In response to my other question on this Mishnah, Heshy raised an intriguing question: Wait... how can a ...
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Why does a Na'arah Me'orasah convert who has illicit relations not receive Skilah?

Kesuvos 4:3: הַגִּיּוֹרֶת שֶׁנִּתְגַּיְּרָה בִתָּהּ עִמָּהּ, וְזִנְּתָה, הֲרֵי זוֹ בְּחֶנֶק. [...] הָיְתָה הוֹרָתָהּ שֶׁלֹּא בִקְדֻשָּׁה וְלֵדָתָהּ בִּקְדֻשָּׁה, הֲרֵי זוֹ בִסְקִילָה. [...] הָיְתָה ...
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Would a "מתנה על מה שכתוב בתורה" (stipulating on something written in the Torah) by Purim be valid?

In Kesuvos 56a we learn about the principle of where one makes a stipulation on something that was written in Torah. For example: דתניא האומר לאשה הרי את מקודשת לי על מנת שאין ליך עלי שאר כסות ועונה ...
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Could "Panim Chadashot" be fulfilled by FaceTime/ Skype?

In Maseches Kesuvos 7b we learn about the requirement of "panim chadashot" (lit: new faces) for every day of sheva brachos (codified in Even Ha'Ezer 62:7). Could the requirement of panim chadashot be ...
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Why isn't a divorced woman mentioned in the first mishna of Maseches Kesuvos?

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 ...
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Is it a good sign or a bad sign to face downwards upon one’s death?

Kesuvos 103b says: תניא מת מתוך השחוק סימן יפה לו מתוך הבכי סימן רע לו פניו למעלה סימן יפה לו פניו למטה סימן רע לו פניו [...] It was taught in a Braisa: One who dies amidst laughter, it’s a ...
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Why in the olden days was there such a long break between Kiddushin & Nisuin?

In the times of the Gemara, a person would do the Kiddushin and then a year later would do the Nisuin (see Mishnah on Kesuvos 57a). Today we do Erusin and Nissuin at once under the Chupah. Why did ...
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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 happens when a man has multiple wives and an estate to divide amongst their kesuvos, but his estate is more than the highest of their claims?

Kesuvos 93a discusses the case of a man who has three wives, and, for illustrative purposes, the wives’ Kesuvos are for $100, $200, and $300, respectively. The man dies. For the sake of simplicity, I ...
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Non-literal interpretation of the barrel of wine virginity test?

In Ketubos 10:, Rabban Gamliel seats a lady on a barrel of wine to test her virginity. If wine can be smelled on her breath she is not a virgin, and if not then she is; there is no odour from the lady'...
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How a father is allowed to cause embarrassment to his underage daughter?

In Ketubot 40b the Gemara says that we see that the father gets his daughters (child) embarrassment and degradation payments from the fact that he can marry off his daughter to someone horrible, ...
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Is Rabbeinu Tam correct about unique phraseology for specific amoraim?

In Kesubos 2b there is a discussion in which an answer is introduced with the phrase פשיט רב אחאי – R. Achai answered. There is a discussion in Tosafos as to the identity of R. Achai. Rashbam claims ...
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Was it a sin for the Jews to rebel against the British and take control of the Land of Israel? [duplicate]

Based on the Gemara in Kesubos (110b-111a). There are three verses in Shir HaShirim (2:7, 3:5, 8:4) that refer to an oath placed upon the Jewish people not to "wake or rouse the love until it pleases....
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Help with finding a specific passage in the Talmud

I'm currently involved in a research project about literacy in the Ancient Mediterranean, and I keep finding mentions of a passage in the Talmud referred to as [Ketubot 8:11 32c]. I checked Sefaria ...
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"Whose opinion is this mishna?": a question on Ketubot 49a

In Ketubot 49a, the mishna presents the opinion that a man is not legally obligated to support his daughters. The gemara then goes on to determine whose opinion this is: first it excludes Rabbis Meir, ...
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The testimony of former minors - a question on Ketubot 28a

The Mishna (Ketubot 2:10, 28a) states that there are certain people who are trusted to deliver testimony that relates to something that they witnessed as minors. Included within that list are those ...
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Why didn't Mordechai bow?

Tosfos in AZ 3a (DH Shelo Histachavu L'Tzelem) brings several proofs that Nevuchadnetzar's statue could not have been Avodah Zarah, and bowing to it would have been considered merely showing honor: ...
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Masekhes Kesubos as "Shas Qatan"

There is a custom of referring to Tractate Kesubos in the Bavli as "Shas Qatan", the Talmud in miniature. This is due to the fact that it treats of a wide variety of different topics, and includes a ...
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What is the point of Sheva Brachos?

Kesubos 7b-8a (translation is mine, based on Rashi): ת״ר מברכין ברכת חתנים כל שבעה אמר רב יהודה והוא שבאו פנים חדשות מאי מברך אמר רב יהודה בא״י אמ״ה... The Rabbis taught [in a Braisa]: We make ...
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Shalosh Shevuoth (The Three Oaths) - halacha or aggadata

I am aware that there is a long standing argument about whether the Shalosh Shevuot(1) are a Halachic concept to be reckoned with or "just" an aggadata. I'm sure that there are many varied opinions in ...
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Looking for a sefer explaining the tosfos of maseches kesubos [duplicate]

Is anyone familiar with a sefer that explains the tosfos of maseches kesubos? (Aside from the first two chapters).
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Is there "פה שאסר הוא פה שהתיר" or a "מגו" in American law? [closed]

Does anyone know if there is any equivalent or usage of the principle "פה שאסר הוא פה שהתיר" or a "מגו" in American law that could help illustrate the principle? A basic explanation of the principle ...
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When would a man have married multiple women on the same day?

The mishna at the bottom of Ketubot 93b talks about paying ketubot when a man with several wives dies. (They're paid in order of marriage, which from context means order of kiddushin.) It then ...
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