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Megillah 7: The Year Rabbi Zeira Woke Up Dead after Purim

Establishing Purim as a holiday for the generations, and Esther as a book to be read. Plus, including the Book of Esther in the canon of Tanakh. Also, how to give matanot la-evyonim and mishloach manot. And some narrative to flesh out the expected generosity in the above. Also, the story of Rabbah and Rabbi Zeira’s excess on Purim that lead to a miracle and a refusal to rely on a miracle thereafter (perhaps getting drunk on Purim isn’t such a good plan – or obligation). Also, a couple of mishnayot, distinguishing between key days, including Shabbat and Yom Kippur, and the punishments thereof. [Note: Some wonky audio at the beginning, but it (mostly) clears pretty quickly]

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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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