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Yevamot 74: Becoming Pure

Resh Lakish’s explication of the text, in providing the source for ma’aser sheni becoming impure and then available for use to anoint one’s body. Which aligns with what is done for the living and the dead in the same way. Plus, the various interpretations of the biblical term that accounts for the above as well. Also, another derivation from a verse – about impure kohanim who must purify before they can eat terumah. Likewise, who has to bring korbanot as “bar kapparah,” those who need atonement (zav and metzora) – when is their time of purification? A range of times are able to be derived from the verse. And, another mnemonic… for where terumah is treated more stringently than ma’aser sheni. Plus, some thoughts on why these topics are getting so much attention.

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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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