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Shabbat 13: Why Beit Hillel Trumps Beit Shammai

Who’s Who: R. Meir. Including the differences of interpretive approach by R. Yishmael and R. Akiva, and we we don’t always pasken halakhah according to R. Meir. Also: Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel – long-term disagreements between them, where both sides are treated as legitimate views, and the halakhah is according to Beit Hillel (who actually taught the Torah of Beit Shammai before presenting their own view). Lo and behold, that humility is essential to one in the midst of machloket. Indeed, one who seeks greatness, it will elude that person, and the one who flees from greatness will be pursued by it. Likewise, one who learns patience in the present moment will find the moment to be most effective. Plus: The debate whether it is better or not that God created humanity, and what we can do with our time, once we’re here.


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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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