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Pesachim 53: A Jewish Leader in Rome

Defining Israel’s topography based on what grows where. Also, more on different practices in different places. Beginning with commerce between Jews and non-Jews, in the context of animals – more taboo than we might have thought. And back to Pesach practice – whether you intentionally eat roasted meat on seder night, or intentionally do not. Plus: Making sure not to specify that your meat is for Pesach, lest it seem like designating consecrated meat for Pesach. Also: Theodosius of Rome, and his practice of designating roasted meat for seder night. The sages rebuke him, saying – were he not himself, they would excommunicate him for (appearing to be making) offerings outside of the Temple. So who was he (Who’s Who) – in terms of his character (which the Gemara answers, somewhat implicitly) and the historical backdrop (which is less clear). Plus: Lighting candles for Yom Kippur night, or intentionally not lighting candles.


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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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