Chapter 1, Mishna 1
Testimony of one witness suffices with regard to defilement, only after two witnesses established warning and seclusion. Once woman cheats they must divorce. Husband’s warning would be irrelevant after defilement. Husband issues warning only when “spirit of jealousy” enters into him. Some say it’s a spirit of impurity -one should not issue warning, harmful spirit because triggers sota procedure. Rav Ashi says it’s a spirit of purity. Akiva say it’s mandatory to issue warning when man sees wife behaving inappropriately with other man, Yishmael says optional. Other cases where they have same argument. Anger in a home is as dangerous as licentiousness, causes rot.
sota #adultery #adulterous #strife #jealousy
Opening song: Havdala by Sal