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Yevamot 60: A Lot of Questions and a Spiritual Truth Test

A kohen whose sister dies… Recognizing that kohanim don’t become impure in mourning anyone other than the 7 relatives, but the sister seems to be an exception, that her status has impact on his becoming impure on her behalf. Why her status makes a difference is not clear. Also, the case of a convert before the age of 3 years and one day, who is considered fit to marry a kohen, whereas older converts are not. Which also raises a lot of questions. Plus, the example from the war in the Book of Numbers, and the special way they determined who was fit to join the Jewish people then.

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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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