כתובות - Ketuvot

Ketuvot 3b ~ The law of the first night

The Right to the Thigh. It never happened. But it could have.

Ketuvot 5b ~ Earlobes and Spandrels

Why did God give us earlobes? Rabbi Yishmael thinks he knows.

Ketuvot 8b ~ When Some Plagues End, and Others Begin

Talmudic plagues, and contemporary anti-vaxxers.

Ketuvot 10a ~ Virginity

The doctor can’t always tell. And neither can the husband.

Ketuvot 11a ~ Conversion

Converts, and the Pew Research Center’s Portrait of Jewish Americans.

Ketuvot 15a ~ Talmudic Probability Theory

If there are p kosher stores and q non-kosher stores, the meat is kosher if and only if p > q.

Ketuvot 23b ~ The Cohen Gene

Need to prove you are a Cohen? Try the Cohen Modal Haplotype.

Ketuvot 29 ~ The Terror of Rape

The talmudic penalties. And the modern ones.

Ketuvot 36a ~ The Aylonit Syndrome and Turner's Syndrome

How genetics sheds light on a Talmudic category.

Ketuvot 41b ~ Good Dog. Bad Dog

Jews and dogs don't traditionally get along. And Azit, the Israeli canine paratrooper.

Ketuvot 50a ~ The Economic Costs of Raising Children

According to the Talmud, they were lucky just to get food and shelter.

Ketuvot 52b ~ Blood Letting

Despite the Talmud, it’s not a good idea. Ask George Washington.

Ketuvot 58b ~ Rabbi Meir on Maximizing Meaning

Rabbi Meir established a hermeneutic principal later used by three American philosophers.

Ketuvot 60b ~ Everything is Bad For You

A woman who copulates in a mill will have epileptic children. And everything is bad for you.

Ketuvot 65a ~ Too Drunk To Say No

Talmudic myths, and why drinking too much does not mean a woman is “asking for it.”

Ketuvot 67b ~ Blushing and Shaming

Why do we blush?

Ketuvot 71b ~ Abstinence, Kedushah, and a Spiritual Marriage

How often should a couple have conjugal relations? And sexual abstinence of married Hasidim.

Ketuvot 75a ~ Halitosis

Bad breath as grounds for divorce.

Ketuvot 83b ~ Cucumbers, Gourds and the Marshmallow Test

Abayee, self-control and planning for the future. 

Ketuvot 86 ~ 1,000 pages, and Counting

Pagination in the Talmud. And fun facts about the number 1,000.

Ketuvot 86b ~ Who Wants to Marry More?

Actually, men are just as eager to find a partner, fall in love, and raise a family. 

Ketuvot 103 ~ The Death of the Editor

On the medical history of Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi, editor of the Mishnah.

Ketuvot 105b ~ Bribery

Judicial corruption around the world, and the Massey case in light of the Talmud.

What's Love Got To Do With It?

Love in Tractate Ketuvot, and a (very) brief history of the institution of marriage.