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Moed Katan 28: Death Comes To All

Lifespans, by the sages’ estimation, and the biographical detail that we are lucky enough to happen upon, now and again, in the Talmud. Plus, the encounters of various sages with the Angel of Death. Also, the process of honoring the deceased. Plus, the future of death (or absence of a future for death, in the time of redemption). Also, the comforting by the sages of R. Yishmael, when his son’s died. And at this “shiva visit,” Rabbi Akiva spoke last, and from personal experience. Plus, the need for empathy, and the connection the mourning Jerusalem and the Temple.

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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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