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Lions and Snakes and Scorpions, Oh My!

What kind of focus does it take to keep davening without even moving when a snake wraps itself around your ankle? What kind of faith does it take to believe that your absolute lack of sin will prevent any harm befalling you from a snake — and be right?! Clear demarcations on the expected violence from various specious of wildlife, and the miraculous doings of R. Chanina Ben Dosa in withstanding all that nature.

Also: Back in the day, the question of when and how to say Havdalah was real, for the “service,” such as we have it now just wasn’t fixed.

And: Who’s Who/What’s What: Anshei Knesset HaGedolah.


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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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