[The following laws apply when a man] weds a virgin who was widowed or divorced or who underwent the rite of chalitzah.1 If she was widowed or divorced or underwent the rite of chalitzah after erusin alone, the ketubah [to which she is entitled from her second husband] is 200 zuz. If, however, she had been wed, the ketubah [to which she is entitled from her second husband] is 100 zuz. Once she is wed, she is considered to be a non-virgin.2

Similar [rules apply when a man] weds a virgin [bride] who is [a Canaanite maidservant] who has been freed, who is a convert, or who was held captive [by gentiles and freed]. If the maidservant had been freed, the convert had converted, or the women held captive had been redeemed before they reached the age of three years and one day,3 they are entitled to a ketubah of 200 zuz. If [this took place after they reached that age, their ketubah is [only] 100 [zuz].


הַנּוֹשֵׂא בְּתוּלָה שֶׁנִּתְאַלְמִנָה אוֹ שֶׁנִּתְגָּרְשָׁה אוֹ נֶחְלְצָה. אִם מִן הָאֵרוּסִין נִתְאַלְמְנָה אוֹ נִתְגָּרְשָׁה אוֹ נֶחְלְצָה כְּתֻבָּתָהּ מָאתַיִם. וְאִם מִן הַנִּשּׂוּאִין כְּתֻבָּתָהּ מֵאָה. שֶׁמִּשֶּׁנִּשֵּׂאת הֲרֵי הִיא כִּבְעוּלָה. וְכֵן הַנּוֹשֵׂא בְּתוּלָה מְשֻׁחְרֶרֶת אוֹ גִּיֹּרֶת אוֹ שְׁבוּיָה אִם נִשְׁתַּחְרְרָה הַשִּׁפְחָה וְנִתְגַּיְּרָה הַכּוּתִית וְנִפְדֵית הַשְּׁבוּיָה וְהֵן פְּחוּתוֹת מִבַּת שָׁלֹשׁ שָׁנִים וְיוֹם אֶחָד כְּתֻבָּתָן מָאתַיִם. וְאִם הָיוּ בְּנוֹת שָׁלֹשׁ שָׁנִים וְיוֹם אֶחָד וָמַעְלָה כְּתֻבָּתָן מֵאָה:


Why did our Sages ordain that these women receive a ketubah of [only] 100 [zuz] even though they are virgins? Because it is a presumption that can be accepted as fact that a woman who is wed will engage in marital relations, and similarly, that a maidservant, a gentile woman and a woman held captive by gentiles will have engaged in relations. Hence, they ordained that such women would be entitled to [only] 100 [zuz],whether they engaged in relations or not. With regard to all matters, they are considered to be non-virgins.


וּמִפְּנֵי מָה תִּקְּנוּ חֲכָמִים לְאֵלּוּ כְּתֻבָּה מֵאָה וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁהֵן בְּתוּלוֹת. הוֹאִיל וְחֶזְקַת הַנְּשׂוּאָה שֶׁתִּבָּעֵל וְחֶזְקַת הַשִּׁפְחָה וְהַכּוּתִית וְהַשְּׁבוּיָה שֶׁתִּבָּעֵל תִּקְּנוּ לְאֵלּוּ מֵאָה בֵּין נִבְעֲלוּ בֵּין לֹא נִבְעֲלוּ וַהֲרֵי הֵן כִּבְעוּלוֹת לְכָל דָּבָר:


A mukat etz4 [is granted] a ketubah of 100 [zuz]. Even if [her husband] wed her under the presumption that she was a virgin and then he discovered that she was a mukat etz, she is entitled to a ketubah of 100 [zuz].5

When a girl of less than three years of age engages in sexual relations, even when her partner is an adult male, she [is entitled to] a ketubah of 200 [zuz]. Ultimately, she will heal and be a virgin like all others.

Similarly, when a boy below the age of nine engages in sexual relations with an adult woman, she [is entitled to] a ketubah of 200 [zuz], as if she had never engaged in relations.6 For it is only after a boy reaches the age of nine years and one day that relations with him are of consequence. Before that age, they are of no consequence.


מֻכַּת עֵץ כְּתֻבָּתָהּ מֵאָה אֲפִלּוּ נִשֵּׂאת עַל מְנָת שֶׁהִיא בְּתוּלָה שְׁלֵמָה וְנִמְצֵאת מֻכַּת עֵץ כְּתֻבָּתָהּ מֵאָה. קְטַנָּה מִבַּת שָׁלֹשׁ שָׁנִים וּלְמַטָּה שֶׁנִּבְעֲלָה אֲפִלּוּ בָּא עָלֶיהָ אָדָם גָּדוֹל כְּתֻבָּתָהּ מָאתַיִם, סוֹפָהּ שֶׁתַּחֲזֹר בְּתוּלָה כִּשְׁאָר הַבְּתוּלוֹת. וְכֵן גְּדוֹלָה שֶׁבָּא עָלֶיהָ קָטָן מִבֶּן תֵּשַׁע שָׁנִים וּלְמַטָּה כְּתֻבָּתָהּ מָאתַיִם כְּאִלּוּ לֹא נִבְעֲלָה כְּלָל. שֶׁבִּיאַת בֶּן תֵּשַׁע שָׁנִים וְיוֹם אֶחָד בִּיאָתוֹ בִּיאָה, פָּחוֹת מִזֶּה אֵין בִּיאָתוֹ בִּיאָה:


Whether a virgin is a bogeret,7, blind,8 or an aylonit,9 she [is entitled to] a ketubah of 200 [zuz]. By contrast, no provision was made for a ketubah for a woman who is a deaf mute or mentally incompetent. [The rationale is] that no provision has been made for the marriage of a mentally incompetent woman at all.

With regard to a woman who is a deaf mute, although our Sages made provision for her marriage, they did not entitle her to a ketubah, so that a man would not refrain from marrying her. Just as she is not entitled to a ketubah, so too, [her husband] is not [obligated to provide] her with her livelihood or grant her any other [of the ordinary] conditions of the marriage contract.

If one wed a woman who was a deaf mute and her difficulty was remedied, she is entitled to a ketubah and to the other conditions of the marriage contract. [The amount of] her ketubah is 100 zuz.10


בְּתוּלָה שֶׁהִיא בּוֹגֶרֶת אוֹ סוּמָא אוֹ אַיְלוֹנִית כְּתֻבָּתָן מָאתַיִם. אֲבָל הַחֵרֶשֶׁת וְהַשּׁוֹטָה לֹא תִּקְּנוּ לָהֶן כְּתֻבָּה. הַשּׁוֹטָה לֹא תִּקְּנוּ לָהּ נִשּׂוּאִין כְּלָל. וְהַחֵרֶשֶׁת אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁיֵּשׁ לָהּ נִשּׂוּאִין מִדִּבְרֵיהֶם לֹא תִּקְּנוּ לָהּ כְּתֻבָּה כְּדֵי שֶׁלֹּא יִמָּנְעוּ מִלָּשֵׂאת אוֹתָהּ. וּכְשֵׁם שֶׁאֵין לָהּ כְּתֻבָּה כָּךְ אֵין לָהּ מְזוֹנוֹת וְלֹא תְּנַאי מִתְּנָאֵי כְּתֻבָּה. וְאִם כָּנַס הַחֵרֶשֶׁת וְנִתְפַּקְּחָה יֵשׁ לָהּ כְּתֻבָּה וּתְנָאֵי כְּתֻבָּה וּכְתֻבָּתָהּ מֵאָה:


When a man marries a woman who is a deaf mute or mentally incompetent and writes her a ketubah for 10,000 [zuz], the obligation is binding; it was he who desired to diminish his assets.


נָשָׂא חֵרֶשֶׁת אוֹ שׁוֹטָה וְכָתַב לָהֶן מֵאָה מָנֶה כְּתֻבָּתָן קַיֶּמֶת מִפְּנֵי שֶׁרָצָה לְהַזִּיק נְכָסָיו:

Mishneh Torah (Moznaim)

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[The following rules apply when] a deaf mute or a mentally incompetent man married a woman who was mentally competent. Even if afterwards the deaf mute's disability disappears and the mentally incompetent person gains stability, they are under no obligation to their wives. If, however, [the men] desire to remain [married] to [the women] after their own wellbeing has been restored, [the wives] are entitled to a ketubah, and its value should be 100 zuz.

If the deaf mute's marriage was made by the court, and they write [his wife] a ketubah against his assets, she is entitled to everything that the court has prescribed for her. A court will not arrange a marriage for a mentally incompetent person at all. Since the sages' injunction will not be maintained in his instance,11 they did not ordain marriage for him at all.

Similarly, our Sages did not ordain marriage for a male below the age of majority; [the rationale is that] ultimately he will gain the potential to enter into a comprehensive marriage bond.

Why then did they ordain marriage for a girl below the age of majority12 although she too will ultimately gain the potential for a comprehensive marriage bond? So that she will not be treated in a wanton manner.13

A youth should not be [allowed to] marry until he has been examined, and it has been determined that he has manifested signs of physical maturity.


חֵרֵשׁ אוֹ שׁוֹטֶה שֶׁנָּשְׂאוּ נָשִׁים פִּקְחוֹת אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁנִּתְפַּקֵּחַ הַחֵרֵשׁ וְנִשְׁתַּפָּה הַשּׁוֹטֶה אֵין לִנְשֵׁיהֶם עֲלֵיהֶם כְּלוּם. רָצוּ לְקַיְּמָן אַחַר שֶׁהִבְרִיאוּ יֵשׁ לָהֶן כְּתֻבָּה וּכְתֻבָּתָן מֵאָה. וְאִם בֵּית דִּין הֵם שֶׁהִשִּׂיאוּ הַחֵרֵשׁ וְכָתְבוּ לָהּ כְּתֻבָּתָהּ עַל נְכָסָיו נוֹטֶלֶת כָּל מַה שֶּׁכָּתְבוּ לָהּ בֵּית דִּין. אֲבָל הַשּׁוֹטֶה אֵין בֵּית דִּין מַשִּׂיאִין אוֹתוֹ בְּכָל מָקוֹם. וּמִפְּנֵי שֶׁאֵין תַּקָּנַת חֲכָמִים עוֹמֶדֶת בּוֹ לֹא תִּקְּנוּ לוֹ נִשּׂוּאִין. וְכֵן הַקָּטָן לֹא תִּקְּנוּ לוֹ חֲכָמִים נִשּׂוּאִין הוֹאִיל וְסוֹפוֹ לָבוֹא לִידֵי נִשּׂוּאִין גְּמוּרִין. וּמִפְּנֵי מָה תִּקְּנוּ נִשּׂוּאִין לִקְטַנָּה וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁהִיא בָּאָה לִידֵי נִשּׂוּאִין גְּמוּרִין. כְּדֵי שֶׁלֹּא יִנְהֲגוּ בָּהּ מִנְהַג הֶפְקֵר. וְאֵין מַשִּׂיאִין אֶת הַקָּטָן עַד שֶׁבּוֹדְקִין אוֹתוֹ וְיוֹדְעִים שֶׁהֵבִיא סִימָנִין:


When a male below the age of majority marries a woman, she is not entitled to a ketubah, even if he is already nine years and one day old. If he attains majority and remains [married] to her, she is entitled to the fundamental requirement of the ketubah.14

Similarly, when a man converts together with his wife, she is entitled to a ketubah [of 100 zuz]. It was with this intent that he maintained their marriage.15


קָטָן אֲפִלּוּ בֶּן תֵּשַׁע שָׁנִים וְיוֹם אֶחָד שֶׁנָּשָׂא אִשָּׁה אֵין לָהּ כְּתֻבָּה. וְאִם הִגְדִּיל וְקִיְּמָהּ אַחַר שֶׁהִגְדִּיל יֵשׁ לָהּ עִקַּר כְּתֻבָּה. וְכֵן גֵּר שֶׁנִּתְגַּיֵּר הוּא וְאִשְׁתּוֹ כְּתֻבָּתָהּ מָנֶה שֶׁעַל מְנָת כֵּן קִיְּמָהּ:


Whenever a virgin bride is entitled to a ketubah of 200 [zuz], there is [the possibility of issuing] a claim against her, [denying] her virginity. Whenever, by contrast, a bride is entitled to a ketubah of [only] 100 [zuz],16 or the Sages did not entitle her to a ketubah at all,17 there is no [possibility of issuing] a claim against her [denying] her virginity. [Similarly,] if [a groom] enters into privacy with his arusah before their wedding, there is no [possibility of issuing] a claim against her [denying] her virginity.18


כָּל בְּתוּלָה שֶׁכְּתֻבָּתָהּ מָאתַיִם יֵשׁ לָהּ טַעֲנַת בְּתוּלִים. וְכָל שֶׁכְּתֻבָּתָהּ מֵאָה אוֹ שֶׁלֹּא תִּקְּנוּ לָהּ חֲכָמִים כְּתֻבָּה אֵין לָהּ טַעֲנַת בְּתוּלִים. וְהַמִּתְיַחֵד עִם אֲרוּסָתוֹ קֹדֶם נִשּׂוּאִין אֵין לָהּ טַעֲנַת בְּתוּלִים:


What is meant by a claim [denying a woman's] virginity? [A man] married a woman on the assumption that she was a virgin, and [after the wedding] claims that he did not find signs of virginity. For there are two signs of virginity: a) [hymenal] bleeding at the conclusion of her first sexual experience; b) tightness that is felt during sexual relations at that time.19


וּמַה הִיא טַעֲנַת בְּתוּלִים. זֶה שֶׁנָּשָׂא אִשָּׁה שֶׁחֶזְקָתָהּ שֶׁהִיא בְּתוּלָה וְטוֹעֵן וְאוֹמֵר לֹא מְצָאתִיהָ בְּתוּלָה. וּשְׁנֵי סִימָנִין הֵן לִבְתוּלָה. הָאֶחָד דָּמִים שֶׁשׁוֹתְתִין מִמֶּנָּה בְּסוֹף בִּיאָה רִאשׁוֹנָה. וְהַשֵּׁנִי הַדֹּחַק שֶׁיִּמָּצֵא בָּהּ בְּבִיאָה רִאשׁוֹנָה בִּשְׁעַת תַּשְׁמִישׁ:


When [a man] weds a virgin who is granted a ketubah of 200 [zuz], and claims that he did not discover signs of her virginity, the woman is questioned [regarding the matter]. If she says, "It is true that he did not find me a virgin, but this is because I fell, and I was struck by a piece of wood or the ground, and my hymen was damaged," her word is accepted and she is entitled to a ketubah of [100 zuz].20

Although [her husband] claims: "Perhaps you engaged in intercourse, and I am under no obligation to you,"21 his claim is not accepted, for his claim is not absolute.22 He may, however, have a ban of ostracism issued, conditional on her having engaged in relations with another man.


הַנּוֹשֵׂא אֶת הַבְּתוּלָה שֶׁכְּתֻבָּתָהּ מָאתַיִם וְטָעַן וְאָמַר לֹא מְצָאתִיהָ בְּתוּלָה. שׁוֹאֲלִין אוֹתָהּ אִם אָמְרָה אֱמֶת הוּא לֹא מְצָאַנִי בְּתוּלָה מִפְּנֵי שֶׁנָּפַלְתִּי וְהִכַּנִי עֵץ אוֹ קַרְקַע וְהָלְכוּ בְּתוּלַי הֲרֵי זוֹ נֶאֱמֶנֶת וְתַחֲזֹר כְּתֻבָּתָהּ לְמָנֶה. אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁהוּא טוֹעֵן אוֹמֵר שֶׁמָּא אִישׁ בָּא עָלַיִךְ וְאֵין לָךְ כְּלוּם אֵין מַשְׁגִּיחִין בְּטַעֲנָתוֹ. וְיֵשׁ לוֹ לְהַחֲרִים סְתָם שֶׁלֹּא בָּא עָלֶיהָ אִישׁ שֶׁאֵין הַדָּבָר וַדַּאי לוֹ:


If [the woman] says, "It is true that he did not find me a virgin, for another man raped me after I had been consecrated by him," her word is accepted, and she is entitled to a ketubah of 200 [zuz] as before.23

If [her husband] claims: "Perhaps you were raped before you were consecrated, and the agreement I entered was based on false premises. Or perhaps you willingly engaged in relations after you were consecrated" [his claim is not accepted]. He may, however, have a ban of ostracism issued conditionally against anyone who makes a false claim to have him incur a financial obligation for which he is not liable.


אָמְרָה הִיא אֱמֶת אָמַר שֶׁלֹּא מְצָאַנִי בְּתוּלָה וְאִישׁ בָּא עָלַי בְּאֹנֶס אַחַר שֶׁנִּתְאָרַסְתִּי לוֹ. הֲרֵי זוֹ נֶאֱמֶנֶת וּכְתֻבָּתָהּ מָאתַיִם כְּמוֹ שֶׁהָיְתָה. וְאִם טָעַן וְאָמַר שֶׁמָּא עַד שֶׁלֹּא אֵרַסְתִּיךְ נֶאֱנַסְתְּ וּמִקָּחִי מִקַּח טָעוּת אוֹ אַחַר שֶׁאֵרַסְתִּיךְ נִבְעַלְתְּ בִּרְצוֹנֵךְ. הֲרֵי זֶה מַחֲרִים סְתָם עַל מִי שֶׁטּוֹעֵן שֶׁקֶר כְּדֵי לְחַיְּבֵנִי מָמוֹן שֶׁאֵינִי חַיָּב בּוֹ:


If he claims, "I did not find her a virgin," and she claims, "He has not had intercourse with me and I am still a virgin," she should be examined. Alternatively, he should have relations with her under the surveillance of witnesses [and the truth will be clarified].24

If she claims, "He had relations with me and he found me a virgin like all others, and his claim is false," he is questioned [and asked to clarify his statements]. We ask him: "Why do you say that she was not a virgin?" If he answers: "Because she did not have hymenal bleeding," we check her family [history]. Perhaps [the women of] this [family] are known not to have [vaginal] bleeding at all: neither menstrual bleeding nor hymenal bleeding. If this was found to be true, we presume [that she was a virgin, and she is entitled to a ketubah of 200 zuz].

If the women in her family are not known to have such a condition, we check her [physical state]; perhaps she is afflicted by a serious infirmity that has parched her body's natural fluids, or [perhaps] she was afflicted by hunger. Therefore, we have her bathe, eat and drink until she becomes healthy. At which point, [the couple] engage in relations again to see if she manifests hymenal bleeding or not.

If she is not hampered by sickness, hunger or the like, the [husband's] claim that she was not a virgin [is accepted]. [This applies] even if he felt tightness during relations. Since there was no hymenal bleeding, her hymen was not intact. For every virgin will manifest hymenal bleeding, whether she is a minor or above the age of majority, whether a na'arah or a bogeret, unless [this is prevented by an external factor,] illness or the like, as explained.

If [the husband] said: "[I claim that she was not a virgin,] because I did not feel tightness [during intercourse]. Instead, I found an open passageway," we inquire with regard to [the woman's] age. Perhaps she is a bogeret, and most bogrot do not have tightness that can be felt substantially [during intercourse], for as she grew older [the adhesion of] her limbs lessened, and the virginal [tightness] disappeared.

If she had not become a bogeret yet, we ask him: "Perhaps you leaned on the side or [entered] gently25 during intercourse, and therefore you did not feel any tightness?" If he replies: "No. I found an open passageway," [his] claim that she was not a virgin [is accepted] with regard to any woman who has not reached the age of bagrut, regardless of whether she was a minor or a na'arah, or whether she was healthy or sick. For the vaginal channel of every virgin is closed. Even if she manifests hymenal bleeding, she is not considered to be a virgin, because the vaginal channel was open.26


טָעַן וְאָמַר לֹא מְצָאתִיהָ בְּתוּלָה וְהִיא אוֹמֶרֶת לֹא בָּא עָלַי וַעֲדַיִן אֲנִי בְּתוּלָה. בּוֹדְקִין אוֹתָהּ אוֹ חוֹזֵר וּבוֹעֵל בִּפְנֵי עֵדִים. אָמְרָה בָּא עָלַי וּבְתוּלָה מְצָאַנִי כְּכָל הַבְּתוּלוֹת וְשֶׁקֶר הוּא טוֹעֵן. שׁוֹאֲלִין אוֹתוֹ וְאוֹמְרִין לוֹ מֶה הָיָה הַדָּבָר עַד שֶׁאָמַרְתָּ שֶׁאֵינָהּ בְּתוּלָה. אִם אָמַר מִפְּנֵי שֶׁלֹּא מָצָאתִי לָהּ דָּם בּוֹדְקִין בְּמִשְׁפַּחְתָּהּ שֶׁמָּא אֵין לָהֶם דָּם כְּלָל לֹא דַּם נִדָּה וְלֹא דַּם בְּתוּלִים אִם נִמְצְאוּ כֻּלָּן כֵּן הֲרֵי זוֹ בְּחֶזְקָתָהּ. לֹא נִמְצְאוּ בְּנוֹת מִשְׁפַּחְתָּהּ כֵּן בּוֹדְקִין אוֹתָהּ שֶׁמָּא חלִי גָּדוֹל יֵשׁ בָּהּ שֶׁיָּבַשׁ לַחְלוּחִית הָאֵיבָרִים אוֹ שֶׁהָיְתָה מִתְעַנֵּית בָּרָעָב. מַרְטִיבִין אוֹתָהּ וּמַאֲכִילִין אוֹתָהּ וּמַשְׁקִין אוֹתָהּ עַד שֶׁתַּבְרִיא וְתִבָּעֵל שֵׁנִית וְנִרְאֶה אִם תּוֹצִיא דָּם אִם לָאו. וְאִם אֵין שָׁם חלִי וְלֹא רָעָב וְלֹא כַּיּוֹצֵא בּוֹ הֲרֵי זוֹ טַעֲנַת בְּתוּלִים. וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁמָּצָא דֹּחַק בְּעֵת תַּשְׁמִישׁ הוֹאִיל וְלֹא יָצָא דָּם אֵין כָּאן בְּתוּלִים. שֶׁכָּל בְּתוּלָה יֵשׁ לָהּ דָּם בֵּין קְטַנָּה בֵּין גְּדוֹלָה בֵּין נַעֲרָה בֵּין בּוֹגֶרֶת אֶלָּא מִפְּנֵי הַחלִי כְּמוֹ שֶׁבֵּאַרְנוּ. וְאִם אָמַר מִפְּנֵי שֶׁלֹּא מָצָאתִי דֹּחַק אֶלָּא פֶּתַח פָּתוּחַ מָצָאתִי שׁוֹאֲלִין עַל שְׁנוֹתֶיהָ שֶׁמָּא בּוֹגֶרֶת הִיא שֶׁרֹב הַבּוֹגְרוֹת אֵין לָהֶן דֹּחַק שֶׁמַּרְגִּישִׁין בּוֹ הַרְבֵּה שֶׁהֲרֵי גָּדְלָה וְנִתְרַפּוּ אֵיבָרֶיהָ וְכָלוּ בְּתוּלֶיהָ. וְאִם לֹא בָּגְרָה עֲדַיִן אוֹמְרִין לוֹ שֶׁמָּא הִטֵּיתָה אוֹ בָּעַלְתָּ בְּנַחַת וּלְפִיכָךְ לֹא הִרְגַּשְׁתָּ בַּדֹּחַק. אִם אָמַר לֹא כִּי אֶלָּא וַדַּאי פֶּתַח פָּתוּחַ הָיָה הֲרֵי זוֹ טַעֲנַת בְּתוּלִים לְכָל בְּתוּלָה שֶׁלֹּא בָּגְרָה בֵּין קְטַנָּה בֵּין נַעֲרָה בֵּין בְּרִיאָה בֵּין חוֹלָה שֶׁכָּל נַעֲרָה בְּתוּלָה פִּתְחָהּ סָתוּם הוּא. וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁיָּצָא הַדָּם הוֹאִיל וּמָצָא פֶּתַח פָּתוּחַ אֵין כָּאן בְּתוּלִים:


There are geonim who rule that for a bogeret, the claim that she did not have hymenal bleeding is not valid, but the claim that her vaginal channel was open is valid. This does not appear [to be based on the proper text of] the Talmud. They had inaccurate versions of the text. I have investigated many texts, including those of an early era,27 and I have discovered the version to be as I ruled. For a bogeret, the only valid claim is [that she did not manifest] hymenal bleeding.28


יֵשׁ גְּאוֹנִים שֶׁהוֹרוּ שֶׁהַבּוֹגֶרֶת אֵין לָהּ טַעֲנַת דָּמִים וְיֵשׁ לָהּ טַעֲנַת פֶּתַח פָּתוּחַ. וְאֵין דֶּרֶךְ הַגְּמָרָא מַרְאָה דָּבָר זֶה וְטָעוּת הָיָה בַּנֻּסְחָאוֹת שֶׁלָּהֶם. וּכְבָר בָּדַקְתִּי עַל סְפָרִים רַבִּים וְקַדְמוֹנִים וּמָצָאתִי שֶׁהַדָּבָר כְּמוֹ שֶׁבֵּאַרְנוּ שֶׁאֵין לְבוֹגֶרֶת אֶלָּא טַעֲנַת דָּמִים בִּלְבַד:


Our Sages were those who instituted the fundamental requirement of a marriage contract for a woman and they also instituted [the following consideration]: Whenever [a man] makes a claim that his wife was not a virgin, and the woman disputes his claim, [the husband's claim] is accepted. It is the woman's responsibility to bring support for her claim, not the man's. [The rationale is] that we assume that a man will not labor to prepare a [wedding] feast and then mar it, turning his celebration into mourning.29


חֲכָמִים הֵם שֶׁתִּקְּנוּ עִקַּר כְּתֻבָּה לְאִשָּׁה וְהֵם הִתְקִינוּ וְאָמְרוּ שֶׁכָּל הַטּוֹעֵן טַעֲנַת בְּתוּלִים וְהָאִשָּׁה מַכְחֶשֶׁת אוֹתוֹ נֶאֱמָן וְעָלֶיהָ לְהָבִיא רְאָיָה לֹא עַל הָאִישׁ. שֶׁחֲזָקָה הִיא שֶׁאֵין אָדָם טוֹרֵחַ בִּסְעֻדָּה וּמַפְסִידָהּ וְהוֹפֵךְ שִׂמְחָתוֹ אֵבֶל:


Until when may a husband issue a claim denying his wife's virginity? If [the couple] went into privacy, only immediately [thereafter].30 If they did not enter into privacy, he has this option even after 30 days.


וְעַד מָתַי יֵשׁ לוֹ לִטְעֹן טַעֲנַת בְּתוּלִים. אִם נִסְתְּרָה מִיָּד. וְאִם לֹא נִסְתְּרָה אֲפִלּוּ לְאַחַר שְׁלֹשִׁים יוֹם:


All the geonim have ruled that our Sages' statement that the husband's statements are accepted even though his wife disputes his claim applies only with regard to nullifying the obligation for the fundamental requirement of the marriage contract. Nevertheless, the woman is entitled to the additional amount [to which her husband committed himself]31 unless there is clear proof that she was not a virgin, or she admitted that she was not a virgin before she was consecrated and that she deceived him.

Therefore, [the husband] may require her to take an oath while holding a sacred article,32 as must be done by all others who must take oaths before they collect [the money due them].33 Afterwards, she may collect the additional sum.

She, by contrast, does not have the option of requiring him to take an oath that he did not discover her to be a virgin, before she must forfeit the fundamental requirement of the marriage contract, for it is a presumption accepted as fact that a person will not labor to prepare a [wedding] feast and then mar it. She may, however, have a ban of ostracism issued conditionally, applying to anyone who lodges false claims against her.


הוֹרוּ כָּל הַגְּאוֹנִים שֶׁזֶּה שֶׁאָמְרוּ חֲכָמִים שֶׁהוּא נֶאֱמָן אִם הִכְחִישָׁתוֹ אִשְׁתּוֹ. לְהַפְסִידָהּ עִקַּר הַכְּתֻבָּה. אֲבָל הַתּוֹסֶפֶת יֵשׁ לָהּ. אֶלָּא אִם כֵּן נוֹדַע בִּרְאָיָה בְּרוּרָה שֶׁהָיְתָה בְּעוּלָה אוֹ שֶׁהוֹדְתָה לוֹ שֶׁהִיא בְּעוּלָה קֹדֶם שֶׁתִּתְאָרֵס וְהִטְעַתּוּ. לְפִיכָךְ יֵשׁ לוֹ לְהַשְׁבִּיעָהּ בִּנְקִיטַת חֵפֶץ כְּדִין כָּל הַנִּשְׁבָּעִין וְנוֹטְלִין וְאַחַר כָּךְ תִּגְבֶּה הַתּוֹסֶפֶת. וְאֵין לָהּ לְהַשְׁבִּיעוֹ שֶׁלֹּא מְצָאָהּ בְּתוּלָה וְאַחַר כָּךְ תַּפְסִיד עִקַּר כְּתֻבָּה שֶׁחֲזָקָה הִיא שֶׁאֵין אָדָם טוֹרֵחַ בִּסְעֵדָּה וּמַפְסִידָהּ. וְיֵשׁ לָהּ לְהַחֲרִים סְתָם עַל מִי שֶׁטָּעַן עָלֶיהָ שֶׁקֶר:


If [the husband] desires to remain married to [his wife] after causing her to forfeit the fundamental requirement of the marriage contract, he must write her [a new ketubah for] 100 [zuz]. For it is forbidden for a man to live with his wife for even one moment without a ketubah, as we have explained.34


הֲרֵי שֶׁרָצָה לְקַיְּמָהּ אַחַר שֶׁהִפְסִידָה עִקַּר הַכְּתֻבָּה חוֹזֵר וְכוֹתֵב לָהּ מֵאָה. לְפִי שֶׁאָסוּר לָאָדָם לִשְׁהוֹת עִם אִשְׁתּוֹ שָׁעָה אַחַת בְּלֹא כְּתֻבָּה כְּמוֹ שֶׁבֵּאַרְנוּ: