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Sukkah 47: The New Holiday of the Eighth Day

Shemini Atzeret! What makes this day, named for its connection with Sukkot, a different holiday? Beginning with the blessing of Shehechyanu, and reflecting on a variety of distinctions between the eighth day and the week preceding it. Also, delving deep into Bikkurim, including a discussion on the ne d to stay overnight in Jerusalem at the time of bringing Bikkurim. Note: the waving of lulav is reminiscent in the waving of Bikkurim.

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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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