Reading Assignment - Class #3

Please read mitzvot #579 and 580.  Please consider the following questions:

 

1.       How does out author think husbands and wives should relate to each other? 

2.      Look at the source verse for mitzvah #579.  Under what circumstances may a husband divorce his wife?

3.      What are the d’oraita requirements for a get?

4.      Try to summarize what the author says about the following topics related to divorces:

a.      The role of witnesses in a divorce?

b.      What happens if only one witness observed a get delivery?

c.       May a husband divorce his wife by appointing agents to fulfill the requirements?  What problems might arise from a husband’s power to act through agents?  What rules did the rabbis implement to try to mitigate those problems?

5.      Try to summarize what the author says about the following topics related to contracts:

a.      What result if the provisions of a contract don’t match what the parties intended?

b.      What result if a contract has implied conditions? (The author gives several examples.)

6.      Our author provides lots of information about how a legal document should be written.  Identify as many of the requirements as you can and try to explain why that should be required.  (If you still remember how to write a check, think about that as an example of a binding legal document.)

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