Friday, 6 February 2015

ketubot 3

who is watching the virgin?
is it with intent to protect or to harm?

- either way, both see her as vulnerable.

virgins should marry on a wednesday, then if the groom has a concern about her virginity then he can take her to the court that mets on a thursday. But the court also meets on Mondays, and pre-Ezra they met everyday. So she could also be married on Sunday. However the rabbis are watching over the daughters and want to make sure that the groom properly prepares for the wedding feast for 3 consecutive days. The other 'watching' in the text is during times of danger when there was a perceived threat from the hostile local gentile authority that they would demand to sleep with the bride on her wedding day. 

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