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Sukkah 20: When a Mat Has a Wall

In the ongoing discussion of the mats and their acceptability as schach, we find some rabbinic interlude, which brings us to: Who’s Who: Rabbi Hiya. Plus, more on the mats themselves. The question of whether they are acceptable continues to revolve around the potential they have to be rendered impure – regardless of the variety of materials that can be used to make a mat. Also, a trans-Babylonia/Israel exchange that conclusively answers the question of the permissibility of the mats. Almost.

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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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