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Yoma 75: The Manna and How It Did More Than Sate Hunger

A two-pronged talmudic plan to ease anxiety. In the context of the Israelites waiting for the manna in the wilderness. Also, when Bnei Yisrael complained about the wildness, and yearn for the “fish” that they had “for free” in Egypt, is that a literal or metaphorical complaint? If metaphorical, the analog is sexual promiscuity, which raises questions about the presumed behavior of Bnei Yisrael in Egypt… (were they actually promiscuous? did they actually have free fish, as slaves?) More importantly, the Gemara follows both of these approaches through all of the different texts, how each approach makes use of the verses that support itself, and also those that are used to support the other view. Plus, the use of the manna to resolve civil and marital disputes. Plus, how the dew preceded and then covered this flaky substance that may we’ll have been the manna. And finally, an interpretation of the “bread of the mighty” that gets Rabbi Akiva a rebuke from R. Yishmael. And, finally, a comment on the quail.

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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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