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Nedarim 24: Circumstances beyond Our Control

Do the rabbis agree with R. Elazar Ben Yaakov from the mishnah or not? What if a person can’t fulfill a vow because of circumstances beyond his control? What about a host and a guest, where the meal doesn’t happen… Are such vows actually vows? [Who’s Who: R. Elazar ben Yaakov] Also, a new mishnah, on vows of exaggeration, and the problem with them.

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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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