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The Golden Calf Was All God’s Fault

In which we consider whether we have free choice, whether Pharaoh had free choice, and whether anyone ever really has free choice. To what extent do we human beings have control over our own lives, to what extent is God calling the shots, and to what extent do we cement the ways in which we move forward? Is that free will? Also, to what degree must human beings overcome themselves to reach the Divine? The Gemara notes that when we have an abundance in front of our faces, we are more prone to sin… and what it takes out of us to be able to ride into the sunset on the path of righteous prayer (and other mitzvot).

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Thank you for joining us – we’re at the “half-way through Berakhot, literally” mark, and very pleased.


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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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