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Shekalim 3: Throwing Off the Shackles of Winter

The 15th of Adar ushers in the springtime, and all of the repairs that winter made necessary. So too, the courts open up. And also the administration of some judgements (including sotah and eglah arufah). And public waterworks. Also, when the sages (of the Yerushalmi) cite a verse about the person with tzaraat, and why. Plus, description pertaining to the wars of Gog and Magog, and the bones that would be in evidence and why marking graves is essential. Also, decrees regarding kilayim (mixtures in planting), to ensure the observance of these halakhot. Plus, the court’s ability to declare fields ownerless… And the court’s ability to establish a leap year (but not during a leap year). Plus: Moneychangers for machatzit ha-shekel, and when they would take a collateral (and when not). Even kohanim had to give the half-shekel. The role of the kohen demands our attention here.

Money changer by Pietro di Miniato, 1412. (Wikipedia)


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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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