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Gittin 41: Freeing Slaves for Tikkun Olam

2 mishnayot: 1. A slave whose owner uses him as a payment of debt to another person, but then is freed before he functions as that payment. What happens?? A tikkun olam decree to keep the peace – and ensure that the slave remains free. Plus, rereading the mishnah by the Gemara – in two ways (by Rav and Ulla). 2. A slave who is half-freed and half-slave… an in-between status that is not easily resolved. How should this person function? It’s a dispute between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai, and – unusually – Beit Shammai is upheld by Beit Hillel, for the sake of the good of this person.

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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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