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Gittin 55: Bar Kamtza and Rabbinic Apathy

NOTE: Apologies for the late release. This time, massive machine error, in a complicated way. Hopefully now resolved… A new mishnah – a deaf-mute woman who was married off by her father when she was a minor… Can she get divorced? What happens with regard to terumah? Plus, a beam is stolen and used in the construction of a building… Which leads us to Takanat HaShavim – people can pay money rather than destroy the construction. Also, Takanat HaMizbeah. Plus, a sin-offering obtained by theft doesn’t work… Also, the Sikrikon… a non-Jew who obtained Jewish lands… when does that kind of sale work? The order of operations may well make a difference. Plus, and perhaps most importantly, the story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza, whose story is emblematic of baseless hatred. Plus, some extra discussion.

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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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