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Yoma 29: A Hot Oven, a Cold Oven, the Smell of Meat, and the Dawn

In memory of Yardaena’s father, Dr. Michael Osband, z”l, whose yahrzeit is today.

Some “wise statements”… And accompanying reminders, as it were, to help remember the wise statements. For example, planning a sin is worse than a sin itself. And the mnemonic? The smell of a meat. Which needs some unpacking, of course. Also, the part we’re skipping (explicit handling of Esther and Achashverosh’s dynamic). Instead: the connection of Esther to the dawn. Should the megillah be part of the canon? Clearly, the one who holds that she is like the dawn believes the book is sanctified too. She is also likened to an ayala (deer), playing off ayelet ha-shachar (the dawn, the morning star). How righteous was Esther. (Plus, some Purim vs. Chanukah).


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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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