sota

A woman whose husband suspects that she is unfaithful, and warns her not to seclude herself with a specific man. In the event that she secludes herself with that man, she is considered a sota, and it is prohibited for her to remain married to her husband unless she is taken to the Temple and undergoes trial by ordeal to determine whether she was in fact unfaithful: drinking a bitter concoction of water and dust. This “drinking of the bitter waters” is used as a cultural term for any trial by ordeal.

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