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Can an Adult Woman Marry a Minor Boy?

Daily Study of the Noahide Code of Laws

The Divine Code for January 17, 2023

Today: Pages 419 - 420

Topic Chapter 3:6 - 3:8

It is not fitting for an adult woman to marry a minor boy, since this is considered licentiousness. However, if an adult woman dedicates herself to a minor as her husband, she takes on a status of a betrothed woman. She is forbidden to have relations with another man as long as she is living in this condition of marriage with her husband who is a minor. If she commits the forbidden relations with another man, they are not liable for a capital sin of adultery. However, they would be liable if she is fully married to an adult (e.g., if she has marital relations with her young husband after he reaches the age of majority).

Reading schedule of the Divine Code

Yesterday's Study Topic: 3:4 - 3:5

Tomorrow's Study Topic: 3:9- 3:10

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Sources: The Divine Code (4e edition) by rabbi Moshe Weiner


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