Marriage by Agency


 

Mishnah: A man may marry in person or via an agent. A woman may accept marriage either personally or via an agent. A man may marry off his youthful daughter either personally or via an agent.

 

Gemara: … Rav Yehudah quoted Rav as having said, “It is forbidden for a person to marry a woman prior to seeing her, lest he find something objectionable about her and be turned off by her, whereas the Torah states, ‘Thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself (Lev. 19:18).” … Rav Yehudah quoted Rav as having said, “It is forbidden for a person to marry off his daughter when she is a youngster until she grows up and will say, ‘I want Ploni.” (B. Kiddushin 41.)

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