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Kesuvos 53


(a) Rav Papa married off his son to the daughter of Aba Sura'a. How was she already related to him?

(b) Rav Yehudah bar Mereimar was hesitant to accompany him when he went to negotiate the Kesuvah, on the basis of a statement made by Shmuel. What did Shmuel say to Rav Yehudah that caused Rav Yehudah bar Mereimar to hesitate?

(c) On what grounds did he continue to decline even after Rav Papa assured him that ...

  1. ... based on the previous Sugya, it was perfectly legitimate to write a dowry for his daughter?
  2. ... he did not intend to force his father-in-law to give his daughter a dowry?
(d) Rav Papa convinced him to go with him under protest.
How did he try to avoid his fears from materializing?
(a) In what way did Rav Yehudah bar Mereimar's fears turn out to be justified?

(b) What did Aba Sura'a comment when he still remained silent?

(c) What was Rav Yehudah bar Mereimar's closing comment, when Aba Sura'a, after Rav Yehudah had explained the reason for his silence, offered to retract?

(a) Rav Yeimar Saba asked Rav Nachman whether the Takanah of K'suvas B'nin Dichrin would apply to a woman who sold her Kesuvah to her husband.
Why should it not?

(b) What did he reply when Rava asked him why he did not ask from the more common case of a woman who was Mochel (forewent) her K'suvah?

(a) What does Rava say about a woman who ...
  1. ... sold her K'suvah to others? How would such a sale be assessed?
  2. ... was Mochel her K'suvah to her husband?
(b) What She'eilah did Rava then ask with regard to a woman who sold her Kesuvah to her husband? Why might selling her Kesuvah to her husband be worse than selling it to someone else?

(c) How did Rava resolve his own She'eilah?

(a) What does the Mishnah in Yevamos say about the Kesuvah of a woman who married a second husband on the basis of the testimony of one witness, and who died after the return of her first husband?

(b) Why can 'Kesuvah' not be understood literally? What then, does it mean?

(c) What does Rav Idi bar Avin ask from there on Rava?

(d) How do we answer this Kashya?

(a) What did Ravin bar Chin'na mi'Shmei de'Rebbi Elazar teach in front of Rav Chisda about a woman who was Mochel her husband from paying her Kesuvah?
Why is that?

(b) What was Rav Chisda's reaction to his statement?

(c) What did Rav Chiya bar Ami instruct that man whose Arusah had died, to do? How did he explain '*Kesuvah* Tachas 'Kevurah' that we learned above (on Daf 47b)?

(a) They proved him wrong however, from a Beraisa.
What do we infer from 'Meis Hu, Govah K'suvasah'? What does 'K'suvasah' mean in this context?

(b) What reason did Rav Hoshaya give for this?

(c) Should one of them die, then, assuming that both of them are Kohanim ...

  1. ... would he be permitted to bury her?
  2. ... would she be permitted to bury him?
(d) If he were to die, would she receive her Kesuvah?
8) What did Abaye comment when Ravin came from Eretz Yisrael and quoted Resh Lakish who said that an Arusah who died is not entitled to a Kesuvah?

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(a) Rav's text in our Mishnah regarding the Takanah of 'B'nan Nukvan' conforms with ours: 'ad de'Tilakchun le'Guvrin'.
What is Levi's version of the text?

(b) Does this mean that according to ...

  1. ... Rav, a Bogeres who is not yet married still receives Mezonos?
  2. ... Levi, a Na'arah who marries still receives Mezonos?
(c) Then in which case do they argue? How does Rav interpret 'ad de'Tilakchun le'Guvrin'?

(d) What does Levi mean when he quotes a Beraisa which states 'ad de'Tebagrun ve'Yimti Z'maneihon de'Insavun'?

(a) The Tana Kama in a Beraisa states 'ad Masai ha'Bas Nizonis, ad sheTe'ares'.
What does Rebbi Elazar say?

(b) Rav Yosef too, cites a Beraisa which says 'ad de'Tehavyan', though we are not sure what this means.
What are the two possibillities? What is the outcome of the She'eilah?

(c) According to the first Lashon, when Rav Chisda asked Rav Yosef whether an Arusah receives Mezonos, he replied that he had not heard anything about it.
On what grounds did ...

  1. ... he reckon that she ought not to receive it any longer?
  2. ... Rav Chisda think that she ought to receive it?
(d) What do they hold according to the second Lashon?
(a) They asked Rav Sheishes whether a Mema'enes receives Mezonos from the Takanah of 'B'nan Nukvan'.
What are the two sides of the She'eilah?

(b) The Tana Kama of a Beraisa says that a widow, a divorcee and a Shomeres Yavam in her father's house all receive Mezonos.
What does the mean when he says this about a widow and a divorcee?

(c) Rebbi Yehudah says that as long as she in her father's house she receives Mezonos ... .
How does Rav Sheishes explain the Machlokes?

(a) Resh Lakish asks whether the daughter of a Yevamah receives Mezonos.
Why should she ...
  1. ... not receive it?
  2. ... nevertheless receive it?
(b) How do we resolve this She'eilah?

(c) Rebbi Elazar asked whether the daughter of a Sh'niyah receives Mezonos. Considering that *her mother* does not receive a Kesuvah, why might *she* receive it?

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