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Shabbat 22: Repurposing Chanukah Candles? Nope

Chanukah is still underway, but we can wax philosophical here, amongst the halakhic details about not reusing even the flame from the Chanukah candles. Nor disparage the blood from sacrifices. Nor retie tzitzit strings on a new garment. And while we’re at it, Rabbi Shimon’s definition of “melakhah she’einah tzerichah le-gufah” – creative labor for which the direct product of that action is not needed – comes into play. Bottom line: How are we to treat our ritual objects and their byproducts?


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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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