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Pesachim 12: As Clear as Day

People do not confuse night and day, even when they don’t know what time it is. Similarly, when the time of day is close to dawn or dusk, you know… The investigation into this question delves into witness checking – to confirm testimony, to validate their reliability – with time as one of the means of checking accuracy. How much leeway do we need to establish a specific hour (in the absence of clocks)? Also – How much discrepancy is acceptable between witnesses? And what about chametz times? Why isn’t there the same leeway. Plus, the Gemara notes how different are the component parts of this comparison, including the fuzziness of our experience of time.


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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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