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Sotah 39: An Infinite Circle of Blessing

More on Birkat Kohanim. Plus, how R. Elazar Ben Shamua achieved a truly ling life – in never using a synagogue as a shortcut, among other respectful aspects of his comportment. Also, what the people say in response to the kohanim when they are duchening (saying the priestly blessing in shul). The formal response brings the people to bless God who has blessed them.

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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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