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Rosh Hashanah 7: The First of Nisan

On the first of Nisan as a “rosh hashanah,” going beyond the original mishnah. Pus, sources from verses – though they weren’t stipulated as such from the beginning! [With apologies for some wonky audio – that does smooth out soon enough… mostly.] Plus, Rosh Hashanah for Shekalim – purchasing by the end of the old year before this date. Communal offerings are to be paid for from the new contributions from the very first of Nisan. Though the offering counts if it was funded from the previous year. But the difference between communal offerings and private offerings is significant. Also, the new year for renting houses for unstipulated leases. As long as there’s at least a month for the rental to apply. But why not have the Rosh Hashanah for rentals be the first of Tishrei?! The rationale pertaining to the rainy season seems very contemporary in that people don’t want to have to be wondering about their housing once it turns cold.

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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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