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Yevamot 46:Women Can’t Be Circumcised

A long daf… When Jewish women became pregnant from partial converts (men who had been circumcised, but not yet dunked in a mikveh). Similar issues turn up with wine and cooking… So: decrees against the wine and the food, and that the children of such unions were mamzerim. All of which decrees by R. Yochanan do seem to be in line with his approach. Also, R. Eliezer’s position on this status (circumcision without dunking) is that the person is a full conversion, and vice versa too. But the sages required both. But where are these principles derived from? Forefathers, foremothers? But women don’t require circumcision. How do R. Eliezer and R. Yehoshua line up on this machloket? Plus, the generation that left Egypt and the issue of circumcision.

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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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