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A Tale Of Two Rings - Answer

If the couple has not yet had children there is an opinion that permits them to marry on Shabbos. Also, even if it is prohibited, since this is an embarrassing situation they may transgress a Rabbinic prohibition according to the rule "gadol kavod habriyos" [see brachos 19].

So in our case they may privately get married and the sheva brachos may go on.

However, if this would have happened on Yom Tov then there apparently would be no permission to get married. The prohibition against getting married is biblical "ain mi'arvin simcha bi'simcha" - We may not have a wedding on Yom Tov. [See Moed Katan 9a] There is no way around the biblical prohibition.

But that is not so simple either. Some maintain that the prohibition is only rabbinic and the heter is thus reinstated. And some say that it is biblical only if the wedding meal takes place on Yom Tov but without a wedding meal it would only be rabbinically prohibited. [See Talmudic Encyclopedia Vol. 1 Page 672]

Problem solved. WHEW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chosson - don't get angry at your sister! Mistakes happen. We are only human....

i don't understand, do we say the kiddushin is only on the ring? what about the ketubah?

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