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Yoma 35: Famously Frozen Hillel and Talmud Torah for All

Beit HaParvah – what is this? Why is it called this, when Parvah seems to have been a sorcerer? How would a chamber of the Beit HaMikdash be named after a sorcerer?! And isn’t this term anachronistic to begin with? Also, dedicating of one’s own goods to the Temple – or that tunic that his mother made! A few different examples of this are introduced. Plus, various stories of functioning through poverty… And the famous story of Hillel, frozen in his spying…. The context of which is key, to note his great self-sacrifice for the sake of Torah. Which brings us to the point that poor or wealthy, or even wicked (!), there’s no excuse to neglect Torah learning.

 

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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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