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Kiddushin 31: The Poster Child for Honoring One’s Parents

Lots of nuggets of stories in this daf – beginning with defining the lengths one must go to fulfill the mitzvah of honoring one’s parents. Dama ben Netina was just that considerate. Plus, the valuable red heifer. Also, the difference between being commanded for a mitzvah and being exempt, as per R. Yosef, who was blind. Also, the practices of several sages in terms of honoring their respective parents. [Who’s Who: Rabbi Abahu] What about when one’s parents honor their adult child, instead of accepting the honor from him – what can he do? Plus, what happens if you’ve grown up without parents?

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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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