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The Flame of the Candle Is Always a New Flame

In which there’s a whole lot of healthy perspective on what it means to be Jewish, what it means to treat things with respect (in a Jewish context), and how to gear ourselves in the service of God. Of course, that’s a meta-observation, and the daf is really full of different cases — under what circumstances can a Jew make Havdalah using a candle that was lit by a non-Jew? What are we supposed to do if we forgot to say Birkat HaMazon (in a variety of different ways of forgetting). A rich page with more concentrated topics underlying the many cases, perhaps.


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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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