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Shabbat 112: The Donkeys Who Kept Kosher


Tying knots: professional, unprofessional, and knots that won’t last. The Gemara says: well, obviously (!) a woman is permitted to knot her robe, and goes on to explain why it’s a specified case. Especially because of knots that are not permanent, yet remain in place… permanently. Also: Halitzah. Plus: Rabbi Yochanan, Rabbi Yehudah, and Hizkiah on the impurity of vessels and how repairs change the original. A bit of Who’s Who, including the generational shift from Tannaim to Amoraim, and the diminishment from one generation to the next. Which all provides the context for the story about the donkeys who wouldn’t eat from untithed food.

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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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