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Pesachim 28: Dumpster Diving

Rejecting R. Yehudah’s conclusion based on his own rationale, in the sharpest of terms. Also: Crumbling chametz and throwing it into the wind or the sea – does the crumbling apply to that which would thrown into the sea, or only into the wind, and throwing into the sea could be whole? A real grammatical conundrum. The parallel is grinding idols and scattering to the wind… or the sea, which just might be the Dead Sea. What is retrievable, and what is destroyed? Also: When Halakhah is affected by history – specifically, the original Pesach and how it was practiced. And what made the day of the 14th special? And how do we ensure Pesach in a post-Temple era, when there’s no Korban Pesach, and the focus is on matzah and no chametz.


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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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