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Hailstones Hovering in the Air

In which we reach the final stretch of Masekhet Berakhot — this ninth chapter is really something else (though we don’t quite feel that on today’s daf).

That said, we begin with the entirety of the mishnah that pertains to this perek, and the topics are far-ranging — if all bringing us back, appropriately, to the topic of blessings.

From tefilot shav (when prayer is in vain) to uprooting the Torah for the sake of enhancing our observance of the Torah to making a blessing at the site of all kinds of miraculous miracles to thanking God via blessing (Birkat HaGomel) when we are saved from some dangerous situations…. there’s a lot here, and our (slightly longer) episode reflects that (don’t get used to the extra time though!).


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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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