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Kesuvos 64


(a) How long in fact, must the husband of a woman who claims that she detests him, wait before divorcing her?

(b) Does she receive Mezonos during that period?

(a) Rav Tuvi bar Kisna quotes Shmuel who says that one writes a letter of Mered against an Arusah but not against a Shomeres Yavam.
How does this appear to clash with the Beraisa, which lists all the cases of Moredes?

(b) Initially, we answer that the Beraisa is talking when the woman is the Moredes and the man is claiming, whereas Rav Tuvi bar Kisna Amar Shmuel is talking when it is the man who is Mored and the woman who claims. If Shmuel is talking about when the man is Mored, how will he explain the Lashon 'Kosvin Igeres Mered *al Arusah*'?

(c) What is the difference between the two? Why should one not write an Igeres Mered against a man who is a Mored?

(d) On what grounds do we reject this answer? Why is it difficult to establish Shmuel when the man is a Mored, even if we add that her claim is based on the argument that she wants children to support her in her old age?

(a) So we try to establish both the Beraisa and Shmuel when the woman is the Moredes, and the man is claiming. The distinction between the two 'Kahn la'Ch'lotz, Kahn le'Yabem' is based on a statement made by Rebbi P'das Amar Rebbi Yochanan.
What did Rebbi P'das Amar Rebbi Yochanan say?

(b) On what grounds do we reject this answer, too? Why is the distinction between Chalitzah and Yibum not acceptable?

(c) We finally establish both the Beraisa and Shmuel when she refuses to do Yibum, the former like the Mishnah Rishonah, the latter like the Mishnah Acharonah.
What do the Mishnah Rishonah and the Mishnah Acharonah say?

(d) How does this resolve the discrepancy?

(a) According to Rebbi Yehudah, we deduct seven Tarpe'ikin weekly from the Kesuvah of a Moredes. A Tarpe'ik is half a Zuz Tzuri.
What is that the equivalent of?

(b) According to Rebbi Yehudah, how much will one then ...

  1. ... add per day when the man is a Mored?
  2. ... deduct per day when woman is a Moredes?
(c) Why do we include Shabbos when deducting from the Kesuvah of a Moredes, but not when adding to that of a Mored?
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(a) When Rav Chiya bar Yosef asked Shmuel why a Mored loses only half as much as a Moredes (notwithstanding the half Tarpe'ic for Shabbos), Shmuel referred him to a market of prostitutes.
What did he mean by that?

(b) What is the alternative answer?

(a) In the opinion of the Tana Kama of our Mishnah, a man who feeds his wife through a third person, must arrange for her to receive either wheat or barley. The minimum amount of wheat per week is two Kabin (the equivalent of twenty-four egg-volumes).
What is the minimum amount of barley?

(b) According to Rebbi Yossi, it is only Rebbi Yishmael who would feed his wife barley (but nobody else should).
Why is that?

(c) He arranges for her to have the same amount of legumes as of oil.
How much is that?

(d) What ...

  1. ... alternative does he have to a Kav of dried figs?
  2. ... does he do if he does not possess figs?
(a) He provides her with a bed.
Which two accessories go with the bed?

(b) How much must he spend on clothes annually? When does he buy them for her?

(c) Which three accessories does he buy for her to wear over and above her regular clothes? What does 'mi'Mo'ed le'Mo'ed' mean?

(d) Who keeps her worn-out clothes?

(a) What is the purpose of the Ma'ah Kesef that he provides her with each week?

(b) How often is he obligated to ensure that his wife eats with him?

(c) How does he compensate her should he fail to provide her with the Ma'ah Kesef?

(a) A woman for her part, is obligated to spin for her husband the weight of five Sela'im of Shesi (threads for the warp) in Yehudah.
What would be the equivalent weight in the Galil?

(b) How much would she have to produce if she chose to spin threads for the Erev (the weft - which are much thinner)?

(c) Which two advantages does a woman who is feeding enjoy?

(d) Do the above amounts specified by the Tana apply to all women?

(a) Four opinions are mentioned in the Mishnah in Eruvin regarding the Shiur of an Eiruv Techumin. Rebbi Meir requires two weekday meals for each person in the family.
What does Rebbi Yehudah say?

(b) 'Rebbi Yochanan ben Berokah Omer, mi'Kikar be'Pundi'on me'Arba Sa'in be'Sela'. There are forty-eight Pundi'onin in a Sela, and twenty-four Kabin in four Sa'ah.
Considering that each half-Kav provides for two meals, how many meals would one obtain from the two Kabin of wheat in our Mishnah? How many meals would that leave the woman short?

(c) According to Rebbi Shimon, a Kav of bread provides nine meals. According to the Tana in our Mishnah, how many meals too many would that give the woman per week?

(a) What does 'Chetzyah le'Beis ha'Menuga' mean?

(b) 'Half that Shiur is the amount a Kohen needs to eat to attain the status of 'P'sul Gevi'ah'.
What does this mean?

(c) What fraction of that is required for food to receive Tum'as Ochlin?

(a) We establish our Mishnah (which prescribes *fourteen* weekly meals for a woman) even according to Rebbi Yochanan ben Berokah (according to whom two Kabin will only produce *eight* meals), by citing Rav Chisda, who explains that Rebbi Yochanan ben Berokah deducted half the total in his Cheshbon, which we have to add on here.
Why did he do that?

(b) How do we reconcile this with Rav Chisda himself, who says elsewhere that Rebbi Yochanan ben Berokah only deducted a *third* for the store-keeper?

(c) Adding a half (i.e. half of the total, or what we would we call a hundred per-cent), leaves us with sixteen meals. We attribute the two extra meals (over and above the fourteen that she requires weekly) to Rebbi Chidka.
What does Rebbi Chidka say?

(d) How do we manage to establish our Mishnah even according to ...

  1. ... the Rabbanan of Rebbi Chidka?
  2. ... Rebbi Shimon, who allows her eighteen meals?
(a) Seeing as it is not only the Edumians who ate barley, how do we explain Rebbi Yossi in our Mishnah, who seems to say that it was?

(b) Our Mishnah, which does not include wine among the things that a man is obligated to feed his wife, is a proof for Rebbi Elazar.
What does Rebbi Elazar say?

(c) Then what does the Navi Hoshei'a refer to when he writes "Eilech Achar Me'ahavai, Nosnei ... Shamni *ve'Shikuvai*"?

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