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Yoma 57: The Truth of the Bloody Curtain

Another daf considering “hekesh,” comparing verses and inferring halakhic detail. In this case, on what happens in the Sanctuary, but it’s a hekesh on a hekesh, and that seems too much. Plus examining the way the learning itself came to pass. Until a reality check knocks down the “Gemara logic.” Namely, an eyewitness account vs. the information derived from exegetical principles. Which is reasonable, but also surprising, given how much detail is discernible that isn’t clear in other circumstances. Also, the Eretz Yisrael snobbery with regard to the Babylonian scholars.

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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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