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Sotah 45: Head and Body

On the dispute between R. Elazar ben Yaakov and our mishnah, with regard to who goes out to confess over the eglah arufah – which leadership? And the verses that get him to his position. Also, when the dead body is found in a pile of stones, among other cases, there wouldn’t be an eglah erufah. The halakhic rationale here is derived from the parallel to Shikhcha, the forgotten gleanings from the field. Plus, the pronouncement that Jerusalem does not do eglah erufah, even if it’s the nearest city, but otherwise, they literally measure the body to the various potentially relevant cities – with a dispute whether the key focus is the body or the head of the body, and what part of the body is the point of measurement?

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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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