[b-hebrew] Three-year old girls?

Kayko D Hesslein kaykodh at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 3 13:01:08 EST 2008

Hi - I hope this is the right forum for this question. If not, apologies...

In bNiddah 45a, there is discussion about the existence of virginity in a three-year old girl. A few other places mention sexual intercourse with girls of that age as well.

I am wondering if the age of three years (and a day) is meant to be significant in any way?

(I'm aware of the Rashi's theory that Rebekkah was three when she married Jacob, but it doesn't seem to fit...)

Susannah Hesslein
Berkeley, CA
PhD Student


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