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Nazir 66: The Prophet Samuel – Nazir or No?

The Gemara goes on in its discussion about seminal emissions and various stages or levels of impurity. Including the “zav” status of a convert. A final mishnah: on Shmuel the prophet – was he a nazir or not?? (Does “morah” in the text mean razor, as it does in the context of Nazir, or “fear,” which would make the man fearless, in a powerful re-read of the text). Also, the case of sages bentsching (saying Grace after Meals), and the discussion turns to the one who blesses vs. the one who answers “Amen,” in terms of which is preferable. Plus, closing with the repeated passage of the Torah scholars who increase peace in the world. Note the mnemonic of “bonayich.”

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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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