Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend


25. Virginity - Naarah Besulah

If a man seduces a virgin he should marry her; if they do not want to marry he pays a fine equal to her marriage contract, as it says "And if a man seduces a virgin... he shall pay a dowry [for her] to be his wife; if her father refuses to give her to him he shall pay money equal to the dowry of virgins".1 If a man rapes a virgin he must pay the fine in any event and must marry her (unless she does not want him) and can never divorce her (except for cause), as it says "If a man finds a virgin and seizes her and lies with her... he must give her father 50 pieces of silver and she must become his wife... he cannot send her away all his life".2,a

If a man falsely accuses his wife of not having been a virgin he pays a double fine and can never divorce her (except for cause) [as it says "If a man marries a woman... and spreads a bad name about her and says `I took this woman and came near her and did not find signs of virginity'... they shall fine him 100 pieces of silver and give them to the girl's father... and she shall be his wife; he cannot send her away all his life"3].b The fines in all of these cases apply only if the girl is of a certain age.c

Sources:

1. Ex. 22:15-16 a. 1:1,3,5
2. Deut. 22:28-29 b. 3:1,4
3. Deut. 22:13-19 c. 1:9; 3:2



 






ARTICLES ON MASEI AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

Take Vengeance for Hashem
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5756

Personal Judge
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

Armed with the Past
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

ArtScroll

About This We Cry!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Points to Ponder
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

An Oath
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Kohein-in-Waiting
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

Close Enough?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

On the Road of Life
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

His Private Path
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

The Red Heifer Reality
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5765

What Are We Mourning on the Ninth of Av
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5765

> Wandering No More
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Connectivity
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5767

Vows: The Power of Speech
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

Chazak
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information