Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The "killer wife" in Judaism, from antiquity to the present

DR. ELAINE GOODFRIEND: Qatlanit: The “Killer-Wife” (
Tamar, Judah’s daughter-in-law, is twice-widowed, but the Torah still expects Judah to allow his third son Shelah to marry her. In the Second Temple period book, Tobit marries his seven-times widowed cousin upon the advice of the angel Raphael. And yet, the Talmud prohibits marrying twice widowed women, for fear they are dangerous.

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