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Yevamot 64: God Wants the Prayers of the Righteous

More aggadah – familiar interpretations of Genesis, for example…where Avraham takes Hagar to wife after 10 years of no children with Sarah. The man’s obligation of p’ru ur’vu becomes an issue only when he has not had any children for lo those long 10 years. She can remarry too though; it might not be her issue. Also, the Gemara’s cases of problematic circumstances that don’t require “chazakah” to avoid. Plus, the medical issues potentially pertaining to brit milah. Also, the prayers of Rivka and Yitzchak for children, and the famous interpretation about their lineage. Plus, the rationale of suffering for the righteous – in that God wants their prayers. Also, the sterility caused by R. Huna’s lectures!

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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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