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Nedarim 39: Removing 1/60th of Suffering

A mishnah from Daf 38, and the Gemara on it – one who is the subject of someone else’s vow swearing off benefit from him. How would this have impact on a visit to the sick, in either direction? It seems an indirect benefit… One possiblity is standing instead of sitting, while visiting. Plus, “benefitting” from fruit during a shemitah year. Also, where in the Torah do we find the mitzvah of visiting the sick? Plus, there’s no “measure” to visiting the sick – with several interpretations of what that means.

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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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