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

Shabbat 122: Light One Candle

Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi – a man of great wealth, and why that matters. Even the non-Jews wouldn’t think of starting up with him; such was his power and influence. Which segues nicely into a mishnah from generations earlier on the relationships between Jews and non-Jews. Namely, when a non-Jew does melakhah on his own behalf vs. on behalf of a Jew. For example, one candle lights the way for 100. And a story about Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai disembarking from a ship, where the halakhah explains the narrative, rather than the narrative illustrating the Gemara (though it technically does that too). Also: a city that has Jews and non-Jews living in it – how does that have impact on the public bathhouse, for specific example? When can the Jews piggyback on the non-Jews melakhah, and when is that not acceptable? Plus: A visit to Beit Avin Toren that leaves us wanting to know more.

 

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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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