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

Rosh Hashanah 8: The Collective Birthday of Flocks

Ma’aser Behemah – tithing the animals. With joy. On the first of Tishrei, as interpreted from the biblical text. Which of course yields a dispute. And doesn’t involve the facts on the ground, somehow. Though it does entail the cycle of time, and why it’s important to mark the calendar. Also, a day of judgement in Tishrei! With a “covering” hiding the moon. Plus, the power of the process of Rosh Chodesh, and the human decree that defines Rosh Hashanah. Including judgement for the whole world (with Israel/Jews judged first).

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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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