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Shabbat 27: Strange and Stranger Mitzvot, and What We Learn from Them

The impurity of Tzara’at and the impurity of the creepy-crawlies — can one be inferred from the other? Different ways one happens upon tumah – vs. the tumah and experience of Tzara’at. Also: Tzitzit. With Sha’atnez. Literally. Plus: Learning from verses in proximity to each other. And: Some musing on the surreality of the discussions of these mitzvot (and Yardaena’s story of sha’atnez). Also: why the blind are obligated in Tzitzit.


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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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