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Shabbat 74: The Problem of Seedless Watermelon

Who’s Who: Nachmani. Borer – what are the parameters of this melakhah? A tannaitic statement needs rereading by the Amoraim, to establish just that – 5 attempts, 4 refutations. Also, the halakhic upshot of borer. Plus: the melakhah of “ofeh,” baking, and not “bishul” – language choice. Also: counting up melakhot in any creative endeavor.


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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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