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Nedarim 43: Very Helpful Work-Arounds

A new mishnah: When one wants to borrow a cow (!), and the cow isn’t available, which leads the would-be borrower to swear off the cow ever coming to plow the field. But when one who has sworn of benefit from another and is truly in need, the one who can’t give CAN work around the prohibition and vow via indirect benefit to the other. But R. Yosi doesn’t like the indirect giving as a work-around. Which makes the Gemara explore why he doesn’t. Is it just timing? The way he conceives of hefker? The way he conceives of vows?

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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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