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Wasn't Rabbi Akiva violating hilchos onah?

See the Gemara Kesubos 62B which discusses Talmidey Chachomim leavening home to learn הַתַּלְמִידִים יוֹצְאִין לְתַלְמוּד תּוֹרָה שְׁתַּיִם וְשָׁלֹשׁ שָׁנִים שֶׁלֹּא בִּרְשׁוּת Students of the Torah ...
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Masekhes Kesubos as "Shas Qatan"

Masheches Kesuvos was called כולל תלמוד by the Shla's son (Rav Sheptel Horowitz author of ווי העמודים) he wrote in his will to his children to first be fluent in these mashechtot : Brachos (inyan ...
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Why is the first time a couple has marital relations called "beilas mitzvah?"

Tosfos, Ketubot 4a: בעילת מצוה. קרי לה בעילת מצוה משום דכתיב כי בועליך עושיך ואמרי' (סנהדרין דף כב:) אין אשה כורתת ברית אלא למי שעושה אותה כלי וע''י כך מידבק בה ובאין לידי פריה ורביה ולהכי קרי לה ...
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Why is Yevamot the first masechet in Nashim?

Rambam writes in his Introduction to The Mishnah: Afterwards, he [Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi] divided the material in the Order of Women [Nashim]. And he started with Tractate Yevamot (Levirate Marriages); ...
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Why is Yevamot the first masechet in Nashim?

The first Tosofos Yeshanim in Mesechtas Yevamos asks why Yevamos comes first. We don't start with tragedies so Kiddushin should be first. He gives two reasons for why Yevamos was put first (1) Because ...
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Wearing special clothes in public while in niddah- isn't this a lack of tznius?

R. Moshe Feinstein has a responsum (Igrot Moshe Y.D. 2:77) with the following question from R. Avraham Chaim Levin: הנה במקום שיש אחרים רואין אם יש דיני הרחקות באשתו נדה שמסתפק כתר"ה דאולי יש ...
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Why is Yevamot the first masechet in Nashim?

All orders [with the exception of Zeraim] are sorted by the size of the tractates, and Yevamot (16 chapters) is bigger then Ketuvot (13 chapters).
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Masekhes Kesubos as "Shas Qatan"

The authoritative (Hebrew) article on this topic is by Rabbi Tovia Preschel (found here). He cites various very early sources that call Kesuvos "Shas Katan" or other similar names. For ...
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Looking for a Tosafos

I did a quick and dirty search and came up with this quote תוספות מסכת כתובות דף עא עמוד ב " פירש ר"ח דרגל ראשון היא רגילה לילך ולהגיד שבחה בבית אביה " It is in the last Tos on the page, 5 lines ...
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Is Rabbeinu Tam correct about unique phraseology for specific amoraim?

(I am prepared for all of the downvotes this might get me...) In my understanding of Rabbeinu Tam, this is a non-issue. Rabbeinu Tam rejects Rashbam's opinion because Rav Ashi answers Rav Achai in ...
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Where's the Gemara about a woman ultra-multitasking?

Kesubos 66A בָּעֵי רַב פָּפָּא עָשְׂתָה לוֹ שְׁתַּיִם בְּבַת אַחַת מַהוּ בָּעֵי רָבִינָא שְׁלֹשָׁה אוֹ אַרְבָּעָה בְּבַת אַחַת מַהוּ תֵּיקוּ Rav Pappa raises a dilemma: In a case where she performed ...
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Not rupturing hymen

Tosfos asks the question in Kesubos 6B and answers that Shmuel was able to impregnate a woman without rupturing, while most men can have intercourse but can’t impregnate in such a manner וי"ל ...
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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?

Prof. Aumann has a Hebrew article here which contains a summary of the positions of the Rishonim who discuss your question. This is contained in section ג.6 which starts on page 6 of the linked pdf. ...
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Original Arabic text of Isaac Alfasi in last 3 responsum of Menahem Azariah da Fano

Yes, it is. At least one manuscript has preserved it: MS Huntington 503, pp. 94r-117v. See Boaz Cohen's essay "Three Arabic Halakic Discussions of Alfasi" for a discussion of the responsa, ...
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Understanding the split payments for embarrassment in Kesubos 6:1

The Ran [on the side of the Rif in Kesuvos 65b] asks this question. If I understand his answer correctly, he says that since the husband is also embarrassed, that reduces his wife embarrassment ...
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Help with finding a specific passage in the Talmud

It took a bit of detective work but I think it refers to the 8th chapter of Massekhet Ketubot in the Jerusalem Talmud, halacha (law) 11, see the original here. If I google Ketubot 8:11 32c the way ...
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The testimony of former minors - a question on Ketubot 28a

Ritva explains simply that the Mishnah is using the technique of lo zu af zu. That is to say that indeed the Mishnah could have only mentioned the case of a brother and we would know the law for a ...
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Why is Yevamot the first masechet in Nashim?

The OU website notes a good reason: While Masechet Yevamot focuses on the rules and regulations concerning levirate marriage, nevertheless, it involves an examination of forbidden sexual and marital ...
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When do other punishments other than death penalty, exempt one from a fine?

When is one absolved from paying in event of another punishment? Hope this setup makes it easy. This is a summary of אלו נערות Kesubos chapter 3 for those doing Daf Hayomi. These two punishments have ...
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Looking for a sefer explaining the tosfos of maseches kesubos

Kollel Iyun HaDaf goes through all the Tosfos point by point,its really a great resource for learning,and best part its free. http://dafyomi.co.il/section.php?gid=15&sid=13
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Non-literal interpretation of the barrel of wine virginity test?

This bizarre incident is related to the gemara in Yevamot 60b, in which Rav Kahana claims the virgins of Yavesh Gilad from Judges 21:12 were determined as such through their breath while on a barrel ...
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How a father is allowed to cause embarrassment to his underage daughter?

The Chasam Sofer answers your question. He says, based on the mishna 78a, that if she were married off to some horrible person, she can have Beis Din force the husband to divorce her immediately. In ...
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Why in the olden days was there such a long break between Kiddushin & Nisuin?

One reason for the one year difference between irusin/kiddushin and nisu'in was to give the groom time to find a trade and prepare a home so that he could support his family, or to continue his Torah ...
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How can a convert be a Na'arah Me'orasah?

I had proposed that, according to R' Yochanan, the Mishnah could work according to either R' Yehudah or the Chachamim. According to R' Yehudah, the reason a Na'arah cannot accept her divorce/marriage ...
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Wasn't Rabbi Akiva violating hilchos onah?

I learned this from a rabbi here in Brazil. Rabbi Akiva married Rachel, the daughter of a very rich man in whom Akiva was an employee of that man. She proposed marriage to him and he was illiterate, ...
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Why isn't a divorced woman mentioned in the first mishna of Maseches Kesuvos?

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 ...
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Do Tosafos and Rambam completely agree regarding "the blessing of the house"?

Maase Rokeach on Rambam op. cit. says that Rambam in Yad is congruent to the Tosfot. ודברי רבינו בפי' המשנה נוטין לפי' רש"י ז"ל וכאן תפס לו פי' התוס' ואין קפידה בדבר דהא והא איתא
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Does "ta'anas besulim" (claims of virginity) exist nowadays?

See Gemara Ketubbot 10a. There two types of Taanat betulim. Firstly Taanat Damim, he claims that there was no blood, secondly Taanat "opened door". The first is valid for a little girl and for an ...
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Does the Gemara talk about interpersonal dynamics between step-siblings in blended families?

You are correct in stating that the Gemara very rarely details the relationships of children at all. However, here are a few halachos on the topic. there is a big sugya regarding yichud in these ...
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If a Gett is given on condition the husband does not return what is considered "returning"?

The Gemora 76b asks regarding the case of "it should be a Get now if i don't come back here in 12 months time (same would apply with returning to where she lives in 30 days)". How can we even know ...
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