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A Barley-Grain-Sized Piece of Bone from a Corpse

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The idea that HaMotzi is an umbrella bracha that covers all the other required brachot at a meal is old hat to us because we live that. But it’s not intuitive if you haven’t had it ingrained in you (pun not intended ;). The daf establishes this reality.

And then moves on to an in-depth application of the verse of the 7 species of the Land of Israel. Going beyond their order of brachot if you’d have them all before you (say, in a fruit salad, at a meal that doesn’t have HaMotzi, of course!) to the application of each of the species for its own measurements/minimums.

Plus: What’s What — Asmakhta (with potentially useful reference to Gezerah Shavah, which we also discussed previously).


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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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