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1,589. Disagreeing About Partial Payments
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Hilchos Ishus 16:14 If a woman decreases the value of her kesubah, she can only collect after taking an oath. For example, let’s say that a woman’s kesubah is worth 1,000 zuz, her husband says that she already received it, and she she says that she only received part of it. Even if witnesses testify […]
1,587. A Lien on a Husband’s Property
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Hilchos Ishus 16:10 The Sages also enacted a lien on all of a husband’s property towards payment of his wife’s kesubah. Even if the kesubah is only worth 100 zuz and he owns property worth thousands of gold pieces, it is all mortgaged to her kesubah. A husband is permitted to sell all his property […]
1,585. Collecting a Kesubah from Movable Property
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Hilchos Ishus 16:6 Another leniency regarding paying a kesubah is that a woman receives payment in the less-valuable currency. In other words, if a couple married in one country and divorced in another, he may pay her in the currency of either land, whichever is less valuable. This is only the case when the kesubah […]
1,584. From What a Kesubah May and May Not Be Collected
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Hilchos Ishus 16:4 The Sages also decreed that when a woman comes to collect the value of her kesubah after her husband’s death, she must first take an oath while holding something holy to the effect that her husband didn’t leave any property with her, that she didn’t sell him the rights to her kesubah […]
1,583. Melug Property
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Hilchos Ishus 16:2 Any property that a woman did not bring into the marriage, nor have written in her kesubah, but rather just kept as her own, or property that she inherited or received as a gift, is considered “melug” property because it’s in her possession. “Kesubah” only refers to the baseline amount of the […]
1,582. Nedunya
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Hilchos Ishus 15:20 The Sages said that a woman should honor her husband and defer to him. She should perform her duties according to his directions as one would an officer. She should follow his lead and avoid things that he hates. The preceding few halachos outline the practices of pious men and women, designed […]
1,581. Responsibilities of Husband and Wife
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Hilchos Ishus 15:18 The Sages said that a woman should act modestly at home, not engage in excessively lightheaded behavior in front of her husband, and not specifically request marital relations, nor discuss them. A woman should not spitefully deny her husband marital intimacy in order to make him desire her more. Rather, she should […]
1,580. A Man or Woman Should Be Married
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Hilchos Ishus 15:16 Even when a man has fulfilled the mitzvah to procreate, there is a rabbinic obligation to continue procreating for as long as one is able. This is because adding a soul to the Jewish people is tantamount to building an entire world. Also, there is a rabbinic mitzvah for a man to […]