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Shabbat 113: The Spirit of Shabbat


When there’s no dispute… really. Also: A new topic: folding your garments and bedclothes in Shabbat, as long as you’re not preparing for Saturday night. Including from Yom Kippur (before the calendar was set and rigged against that possibility). What is permitted to be folded depends on how many changes of clothes one has – to allow the treatment of Shabbat as special. That different treatment is sourced in Isaiah/the haftara for Yom Kippur, and applies to clothes, the way of going, what you say, in terms of manner and content. Note: The Gemara here moves past the 39 melakhot to get to our experience of Shabbat. Also, how we apply the principles today. Plus: A comment on the remnants of the Flood in Babylonia. And: The Book of Ruth and the midrashim on it – why the risque overtone, and why Chazal diminish it with their interpretations. Mini-Who’s Who: The wealth of Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi.


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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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