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Sotah 33: Do the Angels on High Need Our Prayers?

On the fact that Tefilah can be said in any language – because it’s a request for mercy. But can one really pray in… wait for it… Aramaic?! Plus, the way to pray as an individual… in Hebrew! Plus, a guest appearances by Caligula, and the message from a heavenly voice in Aramaic! Plus, the appearance of the Angel Gabriel, who clearly knew Aramaic, when others seemed not to. Also, determining where the Israelites were , with regard to the Land of Israel during those blessings and curses, as well as the Kutim (or Samaritans) whose interpretations were sometimes very far afield from rabbinic Judaism, and sometimes, dovetailed exactly.

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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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