Ketubot 96-2: Sharing is Caring

May 14, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One of the differences between the taxation policies of the United States and that of Canada is that in the United States a couple can choose to be taxed as a couple with (lower) tax rates based on the joint income of husband and wife. Those who live in Canada have no such option and each person is taxed individually so that two families who earn the same collectively may pay different amount of taxes.   While there is no specific Torah...
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Ketubot 96: A Pleasure to Serve

May 13, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The importance of informal education is today a given. A solid education requires both formal and informal learning and often it is the latter that has both the greater impact and garners the greater interest of many.   The importance of the non-formal aspects of education was well known to our Sages. It is in many respects the theme of Sefer Breisheet, which contains very few mitzvoth or even direct instruction. Rather...
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Ketubot 67: From Riches to Rags

April 19, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Psychologists estimate that the pain of losing money is twice as great as the joy of making money (see here). It is for this reason that Jewish law says that a wealthy person who loses his money should, in theory[1], be given charity to the manner in which he was accustomed (Ketubot 67b). It is most difficult to go from riches to rags.  Rav Yochanan ben Zackai was riding a horse and came across a young woman searching for food in the...
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Ketubot 66: Marrying for Money

April 16, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
While it may sound unromantic, marriage partners are chosen, more often than we might like to admit, for socio-economic reasons. While this need not negate the love a couple has for each other, it is no coincidence that more often than not, the "rich marry the rich". Our Sages well understood the economic aspects of a marriage, and in great detail, delineated the financial obligations imposed upon the husband upon entering marriage....
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Ketubot 63: Home Sweet Home

April 14, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
In our last post we discussed the challenge of balancing work and family obligations. The Mishnah that discusses the length of a "business trip" the husband may take also teaches, "the students may leave for the study of Torah without permission for thirty days" (Ketubot 61b). What the Mishnah does not explain is exactly how often they may leave home for such study. "Rav said, one month here [in the Beit...
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