Yoreh Deah Siman 267 Seif 45

מה בְּשִׁשָּׁה דְּבָרִים שָׁוִים שִׁחְרוּרֵי עֲבָדִים לְגִטֵּי נָשִׁים, וּבִשְׁאָר הַדְּבָרִים הֲרֵי הֵם כִּשְׁאָר כָּל הַשְּׁטָרוֹת. וְאֵלּוּ הֵם הַשִּׁשָּׁה:

  1. פְּסוּלִים בְּעֶרְכָּאוֹת שֶׁל עוֹבְדֵי כּוֹכָבִים,

  2. וּכְשֵׁרִים בְּעֵד כּוּתִי,

  3. וּצְרִיכִים כְּתִיבָה לְשֵׁם הַמִּשְׁתַּחְרֵר עַצְמוֹ,

  4. וְאֵין נִכְתָּבִים בִּמְחֻבָּר,

  5. וְאֵין חוֹתְמִים עֵדֵיהֶם אֶלָּא זֶה בִּפְנֵי זֶה.

  6. אֶחָד גִּטֵּי נָשִׁים וְאֶחָד שִׁחְרוּרֵי עֲבָדִים שָׁוִים בְּמוֹלִיךְ וּמֵבִיא.

Seif 45

There are six things in where a bill of release given to a slave is equivalent to a bill of divorce. With regard to other matters, a bill of release is equivalent to other legal documents. These are the six:

1) they are not acceptable if prepared by the courts of idolaters;

2) they are acceptable if one witness is a cuthean,

3) they must be written for the sake of the slave who is being freed;

4) they may not be written on an article that is attached to the ground;

5) the witnesses may sign only in the presence of each other; and

6) the same laws apply to a bill of divorce and a bill of release with regard to bringing these legal documents from one place to another.

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