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Yoma 23: Hold a Grudge Like a Snake

Follow up on why the thumb, and only one finger was acceptable for the lottery to be chosen to do terumat ha-deshen. Also, Revenge and holding a grudge are good, nay, necessary (!) for a Torah scholar. But that contradicts the verses in Leviticus, so the Gemara has to resolve this surprising statement. Including the Gemara’s definitions of revenge and holding a grudge. Recognizing that people have different personalities and relate to this differently… There may be a difference between the default for the average Joe and that for the Torah scholar. Plus, a knife fight and death among the kohanim. With its comparison to the eglah arufah. Note the officially misplaced priorities, putting the laws of purity and impurity above (preventing) murder. Note also that being too lax or too stringent takes us far afield from what we’re supposed to be doing.


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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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