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Moed Katan 6: Accidental Kilyaim

In an agricultural society, the farm makes sense as the focus of Chol HaMoed activity… Including uprooting kilayim – but did they really do that? Isn’t that already done in Adar? Of course, the Gemara resolves it, but raises the question why the kilayim were specifically relevant to Chol HaMoed… On the side of cheap labor. But then how much do you have to uproot to rid yourself of kilayim? Plus, 2 mishnayot – one on watering trees and plants, according to the Chol HaMoed schedule. And one on trapping moles and mice that populate one’s field, even on Chol HaMoed. [With apologies for my sneezing – the mic is sometimes a little too sensitive! – AG]
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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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