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Gittin 38: Slavery and Its Discontents

An uncomfortable daf, given our modern sensibilities regarding slavery. Note that the Amoraim themselves owned slaves; it wasn’t just a biblical practice. Note also, these are “avadim Canaanim,” non-Jews who come to live among Jews, and are required to keep some Jewish practices (or perhaps shouldn’t be kept as a slave). Some stories, and the halakhic positions that emerge from them. Plus, what if freeing one’s slaves violates a Torah commandment? How do we understand the freeing of a slave to make a minyan?

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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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