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Shabbat 18: “Set It and Forget It” – A Daf of Modern Shabbat Issues

We found this daf to be remarkably replete with contemporary issues – or perhaps eternal issues of Shabbat. From what machines we can leave running on Friday afternoon into Shabbat (if any) to the erstwhile “shabbos clock” (aka timer) to mar’it ayin (misleading appearances) to “amira le-akum” –Jewish/non-Jewish interactions with regard to Shabbat…

There’s a lot in there. Plus a machloket between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai. Of course.


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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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