Dec 312015

What if time elapses between the writing of the get and the giving of the get?  How does that affect the number of months a woman needs to wait after a divorce before remarrying?  Does the lcokc start ticking from the signing or from the giving?  From what point does the financial obligation of the husband to the wife in a ketuba go from being an obligation to being a loan, in whcih case it would then be cancelled during a shmita year?  There is a disagreement about in which case Rabbi Shimon allows time to elapse between the writing of the get and the signing.  What if more than one day elapsed?   Another disagreement about a case where someone asked 10 people to all write the get – what is the function of all of their signatures – are two viewed as witnesses and the others as fulfilling the husban’ds stipulation or are all considered witnesses?  What are the ramifications of the two opinions?

Study Guide Gittin 18

Dec 302015

If two messengers deliver a get do they need to say “it was written before us and signed before us?”  Rabbi Ami tries to derive it from our mishna that they do need to say it, but ends up changing his mind and concluding the opposite.  The mishna brings a case where the get was written on one day and signed at night – on a different date.  The gemara uses this as a springboard to disucss why in general a date is needed on a get.

Dec 292015

Different cases regarding combining two parts to make a whole – does it work or not.  Then 2 versions are brought to understand the machloket between Tanna Kama and Rabbi Yehuda in the mishna.  Is the cases where 2 messengers brought the get or only one

Study Guide Gittin 16

Dec 282015

Discussions continue about whether or not the tannaim disagreed about if one sends a messenger to deliver something, does the messenger acquire rights to the object from the moment he receives it or only when it gets to the hands of the receiver?  Tיe second chapter starts with a bunch of unique cases where the statement that the messenger bringing a get from abroad needs to say was not said in its entirety by the messenger.

Study Guide Gittin 15


Dec 272015

If someone tells someone who owes him money to repay it to someone else, if he said it in the presence of the other person (receiver) also, it is considered as if the receiver already acquired it. If someone sends a messenger to repay a loan or return an item, who is responsible if something happens to the money/item before the messenger delivers it?  Can the sender change his mind after he sends the messenger?

Study Guide Gittin 14

Dec 232015

Explanation of the opinions in the mishna regarding a Samaritan witness signing on a divorce or emancipation document.  Also about documents effected in a non Jewish court.  Shmuel’s famous statement regarding the halachic obligation to hold by the court system of the country dina demalchuta dina, appears on this page as an explanation for the law mentioned in the mishna.

Dec 212015

Comparison of the laws of plantation on a boat to the laws on plantation in a perforated pot raised off the ground – in terms of tithes and shmita.  Different opinions relating to the boundaries of Israel in the Mediterranean Sea.  Is “Suria” (Northern Syria of today) considered Israel or not?  For certain issues it is considered like Israel and for others not.  One wanting to purchase land  in Israel from a non-Jew is allowed to have a non-Jew do it for him on Shabbat due to the importance of a mitzvah.  It is unclear if this related only to writing the contract or also to the actual purchase.