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Chagigah 4: To Be Seen by God

A halakhic discussion and an aggadic discussion. First, a study of why those who are excluded from the mitzvah of Re’eiah, even when the exclusions are rather self-evident (women, tumtum, androgynous, plus a slave who has not been freed). Second, one who is blind and can’t see, even in one eye, is exempt from appearing, or from the obligation to be seen – which introduces a large measure of anthropomorphism… And highlights the distance between God and the Jewish people, in the era of the sages, as compared to the biblical Temple relationship. To wit, the verses that made the sages cry

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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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