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Pesachim 2: When Day Is Really Night

Why the plural, “pesachim”? There are several components to Pesach, including the time before Pesach that is necessary for preparation. And so we start with the biblical verses that establish those rules of no leaven in one’s home on Pesach. And the analysis of these pages on the opening mishnah is dramatically different from what we’ve spent real time with before. Namely, word play on how the discussion of checking the home for chametz (leavening) pre-Pesach begins. [What’s What: Midrash Halakhah] The Gemara wants to know why this tractate begins with the word that means light, though here, it seems to mean night, or evening, especially given that everyone knows when we do Bedikat Chametz. Of course, the midrash halakhah of this daf explores the verses and tannaitic literature that allows for this word to mean evening.

 

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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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