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Pesachim 15: Purity vs. Impurity – It’s Just a Status

One of the less practical elements of the Talmud, in lining up opinions that have already been authorized… Specifically R. Meir, in this case. Also, a recommendation for Point by Point Daf ( – for outlines. What’s What: Pigul. Notar. Also, moldy food and its relation to the tumah status (which can’t be applied to something that is so far gone it’s not food). The role of the dog in determining what counts as food is reminiscent of how we determine what is food with regard to chametz too. Also: A barrel of wine that is consecrated as terumah, which is pure, in a wine press, above the unconsecrated impure wine. What is the upper spills into the lower and they mingle?! The discussion reminds us that there’s no value judgement for the status of tumah – it’s not better than tahor, it just is. Another quick What’s What: The measurement, Log.


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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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