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Warning: Gluten Ahead

In which the Talmud again drives home just how different our eating habits are today than they were in the time of the Gemara. In an era of low-carb buzz and so much gluten avoidance, the discussion of establishing your meal on the presence of bread at it seems odd — treating non-bread items as if they are bread, perhaps even more so. Namely: Pat HaBa BeKisnin — for example, if you fill up on cakes and cookies and pretzels (snacks and desserts), you may not need to say Birkat HaMazon. Or you just might. Even though they’re not bread.

And: Yardaena has a question for all our listeners and co-learners, trying to make sense of a not-so-parallel parallel passage (Anne made a suggestion, but she’ll be the first to say she’d like a better one).

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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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