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Chagigah 16: It Was What It Was

On demons, angels, human beings, and animals. Also, on how people should not attempt to look in the prohibited 4 directions, or aspects of the functioning of the heavens, the future, etc. Rather, we focus on this world. Plus, not looking at a rainbow, whether for reasons that disparage the phenomenon or for those that elevate it. Also, the question of one who is overcome by a desire to sin – what should he do? When should he dress in black and go find a place where he can sin? Also, the mishnah and semichat yadayim – the laying on of hands. Plus, [Who’s Who] The Zugot (from Pirkei Avot). But what are the details here? Machloket! Specifically, on whether semikhah was required when. Essentially, the first recorded dispute. Plus, [Who’s Who: Yehudah Ben Tabbai… and Shimon ben Shetach

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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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