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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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“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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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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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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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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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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When do other punishments other than death penalty, exempt one from a fine?

I'm not well-versed in the laws of various punishments and how they interact in the g'mara. I've seen places -- most recently Ketubot 45, today's daf -- where it says that somebody is punished with ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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“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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Rebbe Akiva's encounter with the stone

The Gemara in Kesubos 62b - 63a, "Rebbe Akiva was a shepherd for Ben Kalba Savua. His daughter saw that he was modest and of fine character. She asked him, ‘If I marry you, will you go to the Beis ...
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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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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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Who was the old man talking to Rabbi Akiva's wife

The Gemara (in Kesubos 63a) says, “When Rabbi Akiva returned, he brought twelve thousand students with him. As he approached his home, he heard a certain old man saying to [his wife], ‘Until when will ...
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Does a husband have to maintain his wife's bondwomen?

A mishna on Ketubot 59b lists the household tasks a husband may demand of his wife (grinding corn, baking bread, washing his clothes, etc). It then goes on to say that if she brought a bondwoman (...
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What's the point of this editorial note on Keth. 43b?

At the top of Keth. 43b the Gemara cites a ruling of Rav's, passed down by Rav Mathneh, as taught in the name of either Rav Zeira or Rabi Zeira: אמר רב זירא אמר רב מתנה אמר רב ואמרי לה אמר רבי זירא ...
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Process for a rebellious wife?

In the talmud the Rabbis discuss a "rebellious wife" who refuses to sleep with her husband. The husband is given recourse to deduct from her ketubah (marriage contract). This is discussed in tractate ...
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How is one allowed to use a Modaah?

It says in Kesuvos 19b: מר בר רב אשי אמר אמנה היו דברינו אין נאמנין מודעא היו דברינו נאמנין מ"ט האי ניתן ליכתב והאי לא ניתן ליכתב Witnesses who said that this [contract was written on] trust ...
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Ein Mishpat Ner Mitswa and Massoret HaShass

In today's daf ketubot 6a can you please translate for me the Ein Mishpat Ner Mitswa and Massoret HaShass parts. I do not know how to read them with all these abreviations ... It could really help.
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What means Akdama, Osafa and Yetama?

I go to a gemara shiurim about Ketoubot (72a and b and 73 a and b). and these three words are said often by the Rabbi. I do not know what they means but according to their use they seems related to ...
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Who is the author of “תוספות ”אילמלי on כתובות ל״ג עמ׳ ב׳?

תוספות on כתובות ל״ג עמ׳ ב׳‎ ("אלמלי") explains that the גמרא assumes that חנניה,‎ מישאל,‎ & עזריה were not forced to actually worship idolatry, but merely to bow down to a ...