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Chagigah 6: Why Women Made Holiday Pilgrimages

Who is a minor? The Gemara follows the mishnah’s discussion of the abilities of the child – to ride on his father’s shoulders to the Temple, or to walk holding his hand. But how did the child get to Jerusalem to begin with? Clearly, his mother brought him, as she comes to Jerusalem to fulfill her own obligation of simcha, rejoicing. With support for this presumption in the biblical story of Chana and Shmuel. And the Gemara then extrapolates to connect children’s obligation and exemption to that of adults. Also, explaining the dispute in the mishnah between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai regarding the expense of each sacrifice by understanding their fundamentally different approaches to the nature of korbanot, and the “original” sacrifice. Plus, a dispute between R. Yishmael and R. Akiva that unpacks the original dispute even more fundamentally.

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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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