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Sukkah 29: It’s a Big Questions Episode

What does it mean to make your sukkah your established residence, and make your regularly established home into a temporary residence? Also, under what conditions would the rain drive one inside out of the sukkah? Plus, that rain in its capacity of Hashem rejecting our sukkot… Along with other natural events that are taken as omens (in the way that rain on Sukkot is a bad omen). What do we do with the scientific knowledge we have that explains some of those “omens,” especially when we can predict when they’re going to happen? Especially when the Gemara here pans homosexuality as the result of a bad omen – which largely offends our modern sensibilities.

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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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