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December 8, 2021 | ד׳ בטבת תשפ״ב | TODAY'S DAF: Taanit 26

Rosh Hashanah 4: The Expected Corruption of a Non-Jewish King

On the corruption or lack thereof of Koresh (Cyrus). Is Koresh commissioning sacrifices and so on for his own selfish purposes? But isn’t prayer often selfish in that same way? Or was he plotting to burn down the Second Temple as it was being built? Also, the prohibition against missing the timeliness of certain korbanot and other mitzvot. The 3 pilgrimage festivals have their own timeline to determine when vows kick in (eg, starting with Pesach and counting 3 festivals, or maybe just the one festival that follows that vow). Plus, the way Shavuot counts as 7 days for some issues, including avelut, even though it would appear otherwise.

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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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