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Pesachim 7: Finding the Right Words

Pesachim 7 – When on Passover Eve does the prohibition against owning chametz kick in? And what if you use the items that you would have sold during the time after that time – will it work? What changes with that moment of prohibition. Also, what should the language be for the blessing upon burning chametz? The discussion relies on biblical verses as possible ways of formulation – and the application here is unusual in unexpected ways (when the verses aren’t being used to derive halakhah nor as an asmakhta/support). Plus: Light from candles vs. sun. vs. anything else. Candlelight is special… Or maybe not. Do we need to use a torch?


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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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