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Yevamot 7: When the Extreme Case Is Practical

More on the contradictory cases where a positive commandment overrides a negative commandment that has a punishment of karet – until that very line of inquiry is upended and rejected as a principle. So the Gemara takes another stab at explaining the rationale behind yibum and the “extra” word of “aleha” in the verse about yibum. Which brings us to hermeneutical derivation of k’lal u-p’rat u-k’lal. Also, how does the logic actually pan out? The Gemara illustrates it with another case – a metzora and the Temple… Which carries some complicated ritual to be able to reenter the camp… But what happens if that same person becomes a baal keri, just in time to not be able to bring the Korban Pesach… Now what?!

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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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