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God’s Favor: The Corpses Did Not Decompose

Making sense, maybe, of the whole daf, maybe, for a change. For the daf today lent itself to discovering a theme, though that doesn’t necessarily mean it was a unifying principle of composition…

It also drove home the point of a few days ago – the Gemara does not present its concepts and principles in a coherent “building block” manner. This text that presumes you already have confidence in the material presented on, for example, daf 48.

In terms of topics: who gets the honor of breaking bread? of leading a zimun? of washing before or after a meal? of sitting in which placement during a meal? Plus what do we say in a shiva house – and why “ha-tov ve-ha-meitiv” was once a reasonable possibility for that context.


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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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