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Shabbat 40: No Showers on Shabbat

The decree against full showers or baths on Shabbat, even when the water has been heated prior to Shabbat. Plus: the hierarchy of rabbinic authority, in which ” Tannaim trump Amoraim. Two caveats from Anne: 1) when I said 3 days of yom tov in “America,” I did not intend to exclude the rest of the Diaspora!; 2) in the discussion of long-haired bathing, yes, I’m well aware that there are women with short hair and men with long hair. Also: Who’s Who: Rabbah.


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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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