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Shabbat 89: Where the Satan Goes, There Go Questions That Best Mankind

When the Satan went to God, asked for the Torah, searched the world for it, and finds it, as per God’s instruction, with Moshe Rabbenu. What is this all about? Namely, what is “the Satan” in rabbinic literature? Again, what’s going on here? What is this passage all about? Exploring the place of Torah and humanity in creation – and the need for people doing mitzvot. How could the perfect Torah be given to imperfect mankind?! Where’s the sense in that?


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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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