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What is a “halachic annulment” of a marriage and when is it employed?

1. Where does the principle of halachic marriage annulment (afka'inhu) apply? There are five Talmudic cases where this principle is invoked: A man betrothed (eirusin) a minor (rabinically) and was ...
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Rabi Yochanan Ben Zakai, or Josephus?

I would argue that both stories are true, and that this is not even particularly surprising. The Roman historian, Suetonius, mentions the incident with Josephus fairly early in his biography of ...
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Divorce by phone?

In his responsa (Tzitz Eliezer 10:47) R. Waldenburg quotes some authorities who maintained that in a state of emergency one can direct by telephone to write a get for his wife without even appearing ...
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Does G-d want intermarried couples to divorce?

A proof that one should divorce is Ezra ch. 10 where he tries to encourage everybody to leave their non-Jewish wives, he does not tell them to stay together to avoid the mizbeach shedding tears. ...
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The silence of the Rabbis -- Should they have defended Bar Kamtza?

Maharsha writes on that story: הואיל והוו יתבי רבנן ולא מיחו בו: איכא למימר מה שלא מיחו מפני שלא היה בידם למחות אפשר שעשו כן כי החנופה היא שגברה באותו הדור כמ"ש בסוטה גבי אגריפס המלך One ...
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Divorce and Mizbeach

The Chidushei Agadata of the Maharsha points you to the same memoir in Sanhedrin 20a. There he explains that the Mizbeach - usually - gets the bird offerings that a wife brings, mostly from the first ...
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Why does Nero convert to Judaism in folio 56a in tractate Gittin in the Babylon Talmud?

I came across a possible explanation as to why the rabbis would insert this brief tid bit about Nero converting to Judaism into the narrative (if it wasn't factual -- if there are sources supporting ...
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Who was Yalta's father?

Toldos Amoraim V'Tanaim brings a view from Sefer Hadoros that Yalta was the daughter of Raba bar Avu'ah "רבה בר אבוה". Although there are those that dismiss this view, they do not offer an alternative ...
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Rabi Yochanan Ben Zakai, or Josephus?

The questioner's objection to both accounts being true is that Vespasian would not have been indebted to Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai if Josephus had already predicted his rise to power. Of course, it ...
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Can I notarize a document?

Notarization is actually much more similar to Henpek - the symbol that Beis Din would put on a document to indicate that its signors were verified. See, for example, Bava Metzia 7b: ולא מיבעיא לא ...
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Does G-d want intermarried couples to divorce?

The Gemara in Yevamos (66a) says that we don't let a Kohen's illegal (Jewish) wife's (Melog) slaves eat Teruma, even though according to biblical law they should, since the Rabbis want her to get ...
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Reciting Scripture Orally

Most authorities somehow narrow the scope of the injunction. Only with cantillation According to R. Qafih (commentary to Hilkhot Tefillah 12:9, note 18) there is a tradition that the prohibition ...
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Where does Sefaria get "Nazarene" from in the Talmud in Gittin 57a?

I can't tell you for sure where Koren (whence Sefaria) sourced its inclusion of "the Nazarene", but I can say that it is included in at least one manuscript of this passage. Namely, in the ...
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Nakdimon Ben Gurion real name

A little further down the daf (about half way, Taanis 20a) תָּנָא לֹא נַקְדִּימוֹן שְׁמוֹ אֶלָּא בּוּנִי שְׁמוֹ וְלָמָּה נִקְרָא שְׁמוֹ נַקְדִּימוֹן שֶׁנִּקְדְּרָה חַמָּה בַּעֲבוּרוֹ A Sage taught: ...
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why is a half `Eved` not freed automatically

In the first case, the 2nd master has done nothing wrong - he owns half a slave and continues to own him. We force him to free the slave (against an IOU for half his value) so that the half-slave can ...
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What is the אדר plant, according to Rashi?

This is an excellent question! I don't think that I can answer it definitively, but the following information might be of use to you. If you have a look at Avraham Grossman's Rashi (trans. Joel ...
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Why did Naphtali name his first son Yachtzeal (יַחֲצִיאֵל)?

Medrash Rabba 94:7 says as follows. יחצאל שחיצו אלוהות בידן והן מצחצחין בשיניהם ומלעיגים בשפתותיהן My translation - Anyone may correct if they can translate better - "they split idols with their ...
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What is the case of "ishus"? (Gittin 83a)

I think that is what Rashi is answering: נאסרה ע"י קידושין A woman who has Kiddushin, but not Nissuin, is forbidden to everybody.
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Is 'A father and son sleeping with a betrothed young woman on yom kippur' an expression?

Although I never learned the sugya in Gittin, I actually just got through learning the sugya in Bava Metzia. When I learned that story, I understood that story quite literally: the man was such a ...
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Divorcing one's wife if "she burnt his food OR he saw someone prettier." Huh?

I heard a fascinating explanation. You could ask an even better question: Both R' Akiva and Hillel were champions of the "Love your neighbor - don't do unto other" weltanschauung. How could they ...
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Divorcing one's wife if "she burnt his food OR he saw someone prettier." Huh?

I once heard an explanation (I don't remember the source): If he considers the fact that she burnt the food an issue in their relationship, it is a strong indicator that their relationship is almost ...
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How can the Gemara argue here, isn't it all facts?

Rashi explains the Gemara as being a questions if the roots alone give the Halacha of (not) being in Eretz Yisroel. Everyone seems to agree there is some mixture in the above ground level in the the ...
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How long is לאלתר?

Patience...... I skimmed the gemara looking for the answer to my question, but accidentally skipped it! Tosfos Ri"d on the Mishna tipped me off to check again. Gitin 27b: ת''ר איזהו שלא לאלתר רבי ...
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Rabi Yochanan Ben Zakai, or Josephus?

This is entirely opinion, but perhaps Josephus bent the truth in order to protect the identity of Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai so people would not know that he escaped Jerusalem.
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Why is beautification essential for a sefer torah?

The Sde Tsufim in Gitin 20A has citted Chidushey Hatam Sofer in Gittin and in the Citted Gemoro succa 29B I want to copy the text in hebrew and translate in english דאפילו אם ואנוהו בשארי מצוות לאו ...
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Why is beautification essential for a sefer torah?

There seems to be an issue with menumar which is worse than regular Hiddur, unrelated to a Sefer Torah. Look in Suka 33a-b that if there are lots of berries on your Hadas - and they are spread in 2 ...
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Divorce by phone?

The sources to allow such a get are the mishna on Gittin 66a (translation and interpolation by R Steinsaltz) With regard to one who was thrown into a pit and thought that he would die there, and ...
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Can a husband divorce his wife while maintaining financial relations with her?

THe Halacha is as following: The Gett only stops all obligatory financial obligations that stem D'Orayso/Derabanan (as Joel answered "שֶׁלֹּא יִשָּׁאֵר לוֹ עָלֶיהָ רְשׁוּת"). All the ...
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Divorce and Mizbeach

I heard R' Tuvia Weiss (Ga'avad BD"TZ Yerushalayim) observing that the Mizbe'ach is used to seeing animals becoming sacrifices however, beacuse divorces cause children to be become sacrifices, ...
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Divorce by phone?

Looks like the Shulchan Aruch has the answer. Shulchan Arukh, Even HaEzer 141:19: And it is the same regarding someone who was thrown into a pit and said: 'anyone who is able to listen to my ...
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