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Sukkah 14: What Are Your Intentions?

A follow-up to the hyssop/”eizov” discussion. Also, continuing the case of one who harvested grain and then decided not to eat it, but to use it for schach. Where both action and intent can be relevant, and action demonstrates intent. Plus, turning straw over with a pitchfork. Which leads into a comparison between the prayers of tzadikim and a pitchfork. Also, a new mishnah, and the question of wooden boards as schach – which involves a dispute by R. Yehudah and R. Meir, and is followed up in the Gemara with a dispute about the dispute by Rav and Shmuel. The whole topic, together with the previous mishnah establishes the boundaries of the range of permanence in schach. Plus, mention of the case of danger for a sukkah.

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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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