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Shabbat 13: A Fool Is Not Harmed (or: The Dead Feel No Pain)

Some important texts get attention today – first, the book of Ezekiel and its apparently controversial material that apparently contradicted tenets of the Torah – until Rabbi Hananya ben Hizkiyah ben Garon, one of the great scholars of his pre-Hurban (the Destruction of the Second Temple) era was tasked with deciding if it went too far. To his great credit (or where would we be), he resolved the apparent contradictions well enough to keep Yehezkel in the canon.

Plus Megillat Ta’anit, a compilation of the days that were converted from commemorating suffering to marking salvation, composed by none other than R. Hananya ben Hizkiyah ben Garon (and his son Elazar – whom we may have forgotten to mention!). The Gemara discusses why Megillat Ta’anit didn’t become a running list for all of Jewish history (yes, even 2,000 years ago), and we discuss the Gemara’s three explanations and how they encapsulate the Jewish experience.


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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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