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Sotah 31: Love and Fear

A daf that opens with aggadata: Job’s worship of God from love, as explicated in the text. Plus, Abraham’s worship of love of God. As compared to the one who serves God out of fear. Also, the 6th chapter, with its single mishnah. On witnesses and the question of a woman who has secluded herself, and who is considered a reliable witness – to establish her as a sotah or prevent her from becoming a sotah, for that matter.

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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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