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Sukkah 5: Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

The minimum measurements of the sukkah coming off the aron brings us to a discussion of God’s arrival to meet with man – but always 10 tefachim above the ground. And even Moshe and Eliyahu didn’t make it higher than those 10 tefachim, either. All of which suggests that our time in the sukkah is, or can be, should be, an encounter with the Divine. Also, on the kaporet – back to measurements. With a concern that the effort to derive those measurements from too many different sources risks attempting to prove more than the text really allows. With the contemporary implication of: if you attempt too much, you won’t manage any of it. Plus, halakhic partitions that are mesorah, not quite sourced…

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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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