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What Would Make YOU Smash 400 Barrels of Wine?

In which — of course! — we’re talking about Yalta. If you don’t already know who she is, you’ll be glad to find out (one of the few contemporary women of the Talmud who appears in her own right, with her own name, and with a whole lot of personality).

Plus a puzzling passage about what the Angel of Death says R. Yehoshua ben Levi can do to prevent his appearance — puzzling because it’s not readily apparent what, if anything, these 3 activities have in common. Let us know your thinking here too, please!


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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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