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Shabbat 29: MacGyvering Shabbat Candles

The daf begins with a discussion about repurposing — specifically, a garment into candle wicks — with the accompanying implications regarding kedushah and tumah/taharah. And it moves into a discussion of how to extend the light of the Shabbat candles — what contraption may work to extend the light (insofar as it dispenses oil), but is prohibited, and what contraption is permitted. Plus: A discussion originating with the Gemara text and embellished according to contemporary matters — regarding how context is needed for psak to be accurate and appropriate.


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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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