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Yevamos 117

YEVAMOS 116-119 - have been sponsored through the generous contribution of Mr. Uri Wolfson and family

1) [line 6] MIDRASH KESUVAH - the precise interpretation of the words of the Kesuvah
2) [line 24] SHEHA'KESAV MOCHI'ACH - the wording of the Get proves that the husband wants to divorce her

3) [line 25] D'IKA IMA D'SANYA LAH - her mother (the mother-in-law) hates her (the daughter-in-law)

4) [line 28] GIRSANA - the savings, acquisitions
5) [line 29] D'VEI NASHAI - of her father's household
6) [line 40] ELA MAI MOSIF TARTEI? - Rather, what is the [reason for Rebbi Yehudah's] addition of the two [women]?

7) [line 41] D'MEGALAH LI'VENAH KOL D'AVDAH - since she (the mother-in-law) reveals to her son all [of the reprehensible things] that she (the daughter- in-law) does

8) [line 42] "KA'MAYIM HA'PANIM LA'PANIM, KEN LEV HA'ADAM LA'ADAM." - "As in water, face answers face, so does the heart of man to man." (Mishlei 27:19)

9) [line 43] CHAMOSAH HA'BA'AH L'ACHAR MIKAN - the mother of the Yavam but ot the mother of her husband


10) [line 5] L'VASAR SHA'ATA LO TEISI TITZTA'ARAN - she (the mother-in-law) will soon not come and cause me anguish

11) [line 6] D'RAGISH LAH TZA'ARA - she already felt anguish from her mother- in-law (the mother-in-law mentioned in the Mishnah that was brought as a proof, as opposed to the mother of the Yavam)

(a) Although the Torah requires two witnesses to prove a fact in Beis Din, there are three places where a single witness suffices to provide evidence: 1. to prove that a Safek Sotah was unfaithful to her husband after the steps of Kinuy and Stirah have taken place (Sotah 31a, see Background to Yevamos 85b); 2. to prove the identity of a killer in order to exempt the city closest to a disclosed corpse from bringing an Eglah Arufah (Sotah 47a, see Background to Megilah 20b). It is not clear whether the latter case is mid'Oraisa or mid'Rabanan - see Insights to Yevamos 88:1); 3. in order to testify that a woman's husband died so that she may be able to remarry (our Sugya).
(b) In all of these places the witness does not have to be a male who is fit to testify; a woman or a slave who are Pesulim l'Edus may also testify.
(c) If one witness testifies and is contradicted by another single witness, we do not consider the case a Safek. Rather, the first witness is believed, because "any place where one witness is believed he had the authority of two witnesses" with regard to refuting the testimony of the witness who follows him.
(d) If the single witness is contradicted by more than a single witness, sometimes we decide in favor of those who contradict him because they are the majority. See Chart #26.

13) [line 21] ROV DE'OS - the majority of opinions

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