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Sukkah 28: Women’s Exemption from Sukkah

A focus on the scholarly approaches and personalities of R. Eliezer and R. Yochanan ben Zakkai (Who’s Whos from the Gemara itself). Also, the case of one whose body is in the sukkah and whose table is in the house (a sukkah that is just off the house). Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai dispute whether such eating counts for the mitzvah of sukkah. Plus, women, slaves, and minors are not obligated in the mitzvah of sukkah. A minor being one who no longer needs his mother (which is explained). And all of the above is capped off with a story by Shammai HaZaken. Then the Gemara spends great effort to explain why women are exempt.

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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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