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Moed Katan 21: The Calamities That Befell the Sages

Outlining the practices (and prohibitions) of the mourner – including some that are very familiar – and a notable exception to accommodate the needs of the community. [Who’s Who: R. Yosi bar Halafta] Plus, stories of rabbis who were in mourning and taught Torah publicly anyway. This moves us into a different realm of avelut. Also, the prohibition on a mourner wearing tefillin – and how that plays out over the week, given location, company, and so on. Plus, the mourning of Moshe Rabbenu. With some discussion of the demographics of the Gemara’s mourners

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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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