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Kesuvos 63


(a) What did Rachel, the daughter of Kalba Savu'a, see in Rebbi Akiva, that made him worthy to marry her (even though she was of a higher status than him)?

(b) How did Kalba Savu'a react?

(c) After they were married, Rachel sent him to Yeshivah for twelve years. What caused him to return for another twelve years, even before entering his house?

(d) How many Talmidim accompanied him home ...

  1. ... after the first period?
  2. ... after the second period?
(a) What did Rebbi Akiva's wife reply when the neighbors advised her to borrow nice clothes with which to greet her husband upon his return?

(b) How did Rebbi Akiva react when his Shamash tried to push her away when she fell to the ground and kissed his feet?

(c) What did Kalba Savu'a do when he heard that a great sage had arrived in town?

(d) On what grounds did Rebbi Akiva nullify his father-in-law's Neder? What happened next?

(a) What did Rebbi Akiva's daughter do to ben Azai? Which folk-saying does that conform with?

(b) Rava sent his son Rav Yosef to learn in the Yeshivah of his Rebbe Rav Yosef, for six years.
What did Rava do when he returned after three years on Erev Yom Kipur to see how his family were getting on?

(c) According to one opinion, Rava remarked that his son's immoral thoughts were evident (see Agados Maharsha).
What comment did he make, according to others?

(d) What was the unfortunate result of their squabble?

(a) According to the Tana Kama, the husband of a Moredes (a woman who 'rebels' -refuses to practice her marital duties) may deduct seven Dinrim from her weekly from her Kesuvah.
What does Rebbi Yehudah say?

(b) According to the Tana Kama, he may continue to deduct that amount week by week, up to the total sum of the Kesuvah.
What happens then?

(c) What does Rebbi Yossi say?

(d) If a husband 'rebels', then he becomes obligated to add three Dinrim weekly on to his wife's Kesuvah, according to the Tana Kama.
What does Rebbi Yehudah say?

(a) Rav Huna explains that the term 'rebels' in our Mishnah refers to Tashmish.
What does Rebbi Yossi b'Rebbi Chanina say?

(b) How will Rebbi Yossi b'Rebbi Chanina explain the Seifa, which penalizes a husband who 'rebels' against his wife? Since when is a husband obligated to give his wife the work of his hands?

(c) How will we reconcile this with Rav, who rules that a man who says 'Eini Zan ve'Eini Mefarnes' must divorce his wife and pay her Kesuvah? Then what is the significance of the penalty?

(a) The Beraisa includes in the Din of a Moredes, a betrothed woman (as well as a married one), a Nidah, a sick woman and a Shomeres Yavam.
How would a betrothed woman become a Moredes?

(b) What problem does this Beraisa create with Rebbi Yossi b'Rebbi Chanina's explanation?

(c) Why does a Nidah not create the same problem with Rav Huna's explanation?

(d) How do we relearn the Machlokes in order to resolve the Kashya on Rebbi Yossi b'Rebbi Chanina?

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(a) According to the Tana Kama of Rebbi Yossi, a Moredes loses a fixed weekly sum up to the amount that comprises her Kesuvah. Raboseinu in the Beraisa that we quoted on Amud a. changed this Din.
What will be the Din according to Raboseinu? Does the size of her Kesuvah make any difference, according to them?

(b) Rami bar Chama explains that the announcement that she was a Moredes was confined to the Shuls and the Batei-K'nesiyos.
How does Rava prove this from the Lashon of the Beraisa itself?

(c) How often would Beis-Din send her a warning?

(a) What did Rava say when Rav Nachman bar Rav Chisda ruled like Raboseinu?

(b) What did Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak retort?

(c) Rava disagrees however, because he holds like Rav Sheishes.
What did Rav Sheishes say?

(d) How does Rav Huna bar Yehudah quote Rav Sheishes?

(a) Ameimar describes a Moredes as a woman who says that she really wants her husband, but that she intends to hurt him.
What will the Din be if she claims that she detests him?

(b) What does Mar Zutra say?

(c) Mar Zutra followed his ruling by treating a woman who claimed that she detested her husband, like a Moredes.
What was the result of his actions?

(d) Why is that not considered a proof that Mar Zutra is right?

(a) When Rav Z'vid's daughter-in-law rebelled, she had in her possession a coat that she had brought into the marriage (and inserted into the Kesuvah - Nechsei Tzon Barzel).
What did Ameimar, Mar Zutra and Rav Ashi rule regarding that coat?

(b) On what grounds did Rav Gamda accuse them of flattering Rav Z'vid?

(c) What did he accuse them of doing, according to the second Lashon, where they ruled that she should not lose the clothes that were still in existence?

(d) What is the final ruling regarding clothes that are still in existence?

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