says that the court pressures the Sotah
to admit her sin, while the following teaching says that the court pressures her to plead innocent!
שמאיימין עליה שלא תשתה כך
to not drink, so too,
pressures her to drink:
say to her:
ברור לך הדבר
שטהורה את עמדי על
If you are certain that you are pure, stand for yourself and drink!
לפי שאין מים המרים דומין אלא
לסם יבש שמונח על בשר
For the Bitter waters are comparable to a dry salve on flesh.
אם יש שם מכה
מחלחל ויורד אין שם מכה אינו
If there's a wound, it penetrates, but if there is no wound, it doesn't have any affect.
The Gemara Answers:
לא קשיא כאן קודם שנמחקה מגילה כאן לאחר שנמחקה מגילה
There is no contradiction.
before the scroll is erased,
after the scroll is erased.
It would be unfortunate if, despite her innocence, she would falsely confess and divorce, for she would be publicly suspected of a sin she did not commit, and her children would be suspected of being Mamzerim
which they are not.
in Bava Basra debates what should be done with a paid up contract. Rabbi Yehuda says that one writes a receipt, while Rabbi Yossi says that one rips the original contract.
The Gemara attempts two answers:
אמר אביי תני
Abaye said that
should teach "we rip
The Gemara rejects this answer:
א"ל רבא והא
Rava said Mishna
אלא אמר רבא במקום שאין
כותבין כתובה עסקינן
Rava said that
where they don't write a
There were two ways that the Kesuba
enactment was fulfilled:
1. (As is currently done), the husband would write his wife a Kesuba,
and upon divorce the husband would pay the specified amount and would either get a receipt or the court would tear the Kesuba
(depending on the argument above)
2. There is no Kesuba
document written during the wedding, but upon divorce, the husband would pay based on the power of the Rabbinic enactment directly. To prevent the wife from collecting again, she would have to write a receipt.