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Shabbat 119: Preparing for Shabbat

The source for Kabbalat Shabbat is here – going out to greet the Sabbath – and the implicit honor to the day. And a list of rabbis attests to what each of them did special in preparation for Shabbat. It’s a real lesson to our efforts today too. Plus: One of the most famous stories about Shabbat – Yosef Moker Shabbat – is next, with a special guest. This telling includes a detail that we think is left out of many renditions for kids. Its message – getting back from Shabbat what he’d invested. How does this narrative play out a discussion of astrology? Also: Angels! Who accompany us in the way we already choose to go, in terms of Shabbat preparation. Lastly, the desecration of Shabbat, in the context of the destruction of the Temple – counterpoint to the stories we tell children, as their education was interrupted… Also problematic was the equivalencies made in that society, a critique that sounds difficult to our modern, democratic ears.


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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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