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Sotah 20: Women and Learning Torah

A new mishnah: The woman can walk back her plan to drink from the bitter waters until the very last minute, when the Name of God has already been erased, after which point, she’d be forced to drink. And then, if she’s guilty, she basically explodes inside out, and she is removed from the Temple. But if she has merits, then her death will be delayed. Which leads to the oh-so-important dispute over whether a man must teach his daughter Torah to help ensure that she have such merit – or perhaps he should not, lest it teach her licentiousness. Plus, a list of wrongheaded folks who “erode the world.” Also, the nature of the scroll of the sotah’s trial. Plus, comparison to other scrolls, like the Torah itself, as well as another sotah’s scroll. Likewise, the question of parallelling the sotah’s scroll to bills of divorcement.

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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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