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May 24, 2018
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
How many witnesses were needed to condemn a Sotah?
וְשָׁכַ֨ב אִ֣ישׁ אֹתָהּ֮ שִׁכְבַת־זֶרַע֒ וְנֶעְלַם֙ מֵעֵינֵ֣י אִישָׁ֔הּ וְנִסְתְּרָ֖ה וְהִ֣יא נִטְמָ֑אָה וְעֵד֙ אֵ֣ין בָּ֔הּ וְהִ֖וא לֹ֥א נִתְפָּֽשָׂה׃
In that a man has had carnal relations with her unbeknown to her husband, and she keeps secret the fact that she has defiled herself without being forced, and there is no witness against her.
“...but there was no witness..”. The singular form teaches us that in contrast to most other situations where 2 witnesses are required for testimony, in the case of the Sotah, one witness suffices.
This is because one witness, combined with the fact that she secluded herself, is enough grounds to warrant a divorce.
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