Why Talmudic law is precise, and how practical matters can test the moral foundations of the system
Settling scores, carving up estates, negotiating claims, in biblical law. Plus: A virgin is worth twice as much as a widow or divorcee.
Inequality under the wedding canopy, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’ Talmud study. Plus: a story about cheating the Angel of Death.
If the point of marriage is not happiness but religion, what constitutes grounds for divorce? Plus: tips for grooming pubic hair.
Talmudic rabbis believe ‘the hand of Heaven’ makes sure that the punishment fits the crime
The sages debate the demerits of little white lies, and consider the subtleties of legal claims made by spouses and other property owners
A collection of ketubot at New York’s Jewish Museum prompts the Jewish Theological Seminary’s chancellor to consider marriage contracts from medieval times to our own