Orthodox Judaism/Virginity

Advertisement


Question
QUESTION: If a woman is not a virgin, is it still legal to marry her? Or is this considered adultery as she is no longer a virgin?

Thanks

ANSWER: Adultery is the act of a married man having sexual intercourse with a woman who is not his wife, or a married woman with a man who is not her husband.
Marrying a woman who is not a virgin is not adultery.  
Have a great day,
Sheva

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

QUESTION: Hey, thanks for a speedy reply! That was faster than I expected... Anyways, what constitutes marriage? I thought it was sexual intercourse per Adam and Eve and not necessarily "documentation".

Answer
This question is more of a halachic (jewish law) question, but I will answer it as best as I can.
Jewish marriage consists of the actual ceremony of marriage, and then the consummation later.
The marriage ceremony of Adam of Eve was performed by God, and then consummated.
The paper documentation says all the things that the man promises to do and give to the woman.

Orthodox Judaism

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Sheva

Expertise

I can answer any questions about orthodox Judaism, especially the laws that relate to women. No question too big or small, and never be embarrassed to ask - it's the only way you'll find out!

Experience

I am an orthodox Jewish woman, but I have had my questions, and always seek answers, so I have a lot of experience in all areas. If I don't know the answer, I'll ask someone who does.

Education/Credentials
High school graduate

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.