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Ketubot 5: When to Stick Your Fingers in Your Ears

A challenging daf… Strange in terms of Hilkhot Shabbat and unintended consequences – and the virgin bride. Specifically, breaking the hymen would be a epind on Shabbat, but why can’t their first night be Saturday night? Why do “calculations” or planning get in the way? Some kinds of thinking and planning, even on teaching, are indeed acceptable on Shabbat. And yet… enough things block the shabbat marriage. What are the sages’ intentions in exploring the unintended act in Shabbat – and the wedding? Also, a piece of Aggadah – acclaiming the righteous people for accomplishing even more than God, in creation. Including what people need to do to be righteous, and also why this passage is here in this dad’s 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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