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Shabbat 11: If All the Seas Were Ink

In which the message is in the details.

What does “talmudic thinking” mean to you? For some people, it’s surely the “pilpulistic” hairsplitting kind of thinking that enabled Rishonim to align passages that seem to blatantly contradict each other at first blush. For others, it’s paying attention to the details that nobody else pays attention to. This daf suggested to us the latter approach – but with more to it, namely, the level of responsibility that pushes people in authority to examine every last little consideration and implication of every decision. If they’re good at it, that is.

Plus: Who’s Who (or Where’s Where): Matos Mechasia.
And: What’s What: Siyag – making a fence around the Torah, which we see in full force on this daf, without coming right out to say so.


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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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