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No, of course Hannah wasn’t drunk

In which we learn to rebuke when appropriate and to stand up for ourselves in the face of rebuke, when it wasn’t warranted. Namely, Yardaena takes the lessons from Hannah beyond the customary 4+ formalities of how to daven. “How to daven” goes beyond the formalities when it comes to Hannah, as well, as Anne notes that the Gemara’s role model channels her emotions in prayer, rather than being distracted by the despair that apparently envelopes her — emotions that the daf also warns against as prelude to prayer, given that sorrow is apparently inherently not conducive to prayer. What emotional framework IS conducive to prayer? Plus the formalities of Daniel’s prayer.

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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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