Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Daf Yomi - Sukkah 25 - Wedding Thoughts by David

What is the factor that weighs on a man’s mind on his wedding night? It cannot simply be his inexperience with conjugal relations, b/c then why would there be no concerns before a man marrying a widow? (Unless we assume that the gemara itself assumes that only a widower or divorcee, ie, an experienced person, would marry a widow). Rather, the factor that weighs on the mind, according to the gemara, is the removal of the hymen. See Berachos 16 a, and the Bertinora.