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Sotah 44: When War Is a Mitzvah

More on the exemptions from going into battle – the Gemara says the order of the exemptions themselves teach us of the proper order of how we should live. Also, the ways one may be fearful in going out to war, and how that’s a good excuse, until a certain point if no return. Plus, defining when war is an elective and when it’s obligatory. And the implications for other activities when involved in the mitzvah (or war or otherwise). Also, the eglah erufah takes center stage. Plus, a key dispute about which leadership goes out to take responsibility with the heifer and the site that the slain body is found.

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Anne and Yardaena

Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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