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1,539. A Husband’s Rights and Responsibilities
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Hilchos Ishus 12:2 Three of a husband’s ten responsibilities come from the Torah: he must feed her, clothe her and provide her conjugal rights. The Sages instituted the other seven responsibilities as part of the kesubah. The first is the baseline amount of the kesubah. The others – known as the conditions of the kesubah […]
1,538. Remaining Married After a Claim
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Hilchos Ishus 11:17 If the husband wants to remain married after causing his wife to lose the baseline amount of the kesubah, he must write her a new kesubah in the amount of 100 zuz. This is because a man is not permitted to live with his wife even for a moment without a kesubah, […]
1,537. The Extent of a Husband’s Claim
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Hilchos Ishus 11:15 If the couple went into seclusion together, the husband may only contest the wife’s virginity immediately after. If they were not secluded together, he has 30 days. Hilchos Ishus 11:16 All the authorities agree that the Sages’ statement about accepting the husband’s claim even though the wife disputes it only applies to […]
1,535. The Woman’s Defense Argument
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Hilchos Ishus 11:11 Continuing from the previous halacha, if the woman admits that she wasn’t a virgin because she was raped after being consecrated, her word is accepted and she retains her kesubah of 200 zuz. If her husband suggests that she may have been raped before he consecrated her, in which case he was […]
1,534. A Groom Who Contests His Wife’s Status
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Hilchos Ishus 11:9 A claim contesting her virginity means that he married her on the assumption that she was a virgin but the wedding night experience did not support that claim, i.e., there was neither bleeding nor tightness. Hilchos Ishus 11:10 If a man marries a virgin with a kesubah of 200 and claims not […]
1,532. A Marriage Arranged by the Court
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Hilchos Ishus 11:5 If a man marries a woman with congenital deafness or lacking mental competence and he writes her a kesubah for 10,000 zuz, this obligation is binding because it was his own decision to do so. Hilchos Ishus 11:6 Let’s say that a man with congenital deafness or lacking mental competence marries a […]
1,531. A Kesubah of 100 vs. 200
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Hilchos Ishus 11:3 The kesubah of a woman “injured by wood” is 100. Even if her husband married her under the legal presumption that she’s a virgin (so he wrote a kesubah for 200), if he discovers that she was “injured by wood,” her kesubah is adjusted to 100. If a girl under the age […]
1,530. Who Gets a Kesubah of 100?
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Hilchos Ishus 11:1 Let’s say that a man marries a virgin who was widowed, divorced or who performed chalitzah (the shoe-removal ceremony). If she was widowed, divorced or performed chalitzah after eirusin (i.e., just the first part of marriage), her kesubah is the standard 200 zuz. However, if she completed the marriage, her kesubah is […]