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Chagigah 19: The Wave

More on intent when immersing in a mikveh — and just how far that goes. Specifically, will dunking one hands in a mikveh, for example, render one’s hands pure? Or must you have that purification aim in mind at the time of immersion? The rules for Chillun (regular food) vs. sanctified food turn out to be different. Plus, the case of a large enough wave that falls on a person and vessels that need immersion. Also, more on that middle ground of ma’aser, as entailing greater purity than chullin, but less than the kodesh of korbanot. Plus, an investigation into the source of the opinion underlying the mishnah (from a previous daf) – including the issue of the garments of those who are very careful to not come in contact with impurity.

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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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