[Avodah] hazaka

Simi Peters familyp2 at actcom.net.il
Sun Feb 3 23:32:28 PST 2013

I'll preface this by saying that I'm a bur (bura?) am ha'aretz (can't feminize that, sorry) about gemara and halakha, but I always thought that a hazaka is a presumption (as in, "presumption of innocence", for example) and is not meant to be understood as an absolute statement.  Thus, tav lemeitav would mean: we *presume* that, all other things being equal, a woman would rather stay in a lousy marriage than be alone, but not that this presumption applies in every single case.  Is this a hopelessly mistaken understanding of hazaka?

Kol tuv,
Simi Peters
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