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Shabbat 84: Little Boxes, Impure Boxes

What’s What: Midras tumah. When boxes are contaminated, as it were, with tumah – when they open from the side or from the top. Whereas a very large box is not rendered impure. Now, what about earthenware? That’s not able to be rendered impure in this way. So, what about the ship? The difference between midras tumah and the handling of an object that renders it impure.

Note: This daf was the daf yomi for Friday, May 29, 2020, Shavuot (recorded beforehand, and released after Shabbat/the second day of Shavuot in the Diaspora).


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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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