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Anne Gordon and Yardaena Osband

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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Shabbat 22: Repurposing Chanukah Candles? Nope

By Anne and Yardaena / March 28, 2020 | ג׳ בניסן תש״פ

Chanukah is still underway, but we can wax philosophical here, amongst the halakhic details about not reusing even the flame from the Chanukah candles. Nor…

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Shabbat 21: There’s No Masekhet Chanukah

By Anne and Yardaena / March 28, 2020 | ג׳ בניסן תש״פ

It’s the Chanukah section of the Talmud. That’s all that really need be said (though we also talk about why the things that aren’t kosher…

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Shabbat 19: Your Dog Can Break Shabbos

By Anne and Yardaena / March 26, 2020 | א׳ בניסן תש״פ

All kinds of things come together: Jew/non-Jew interaction, Pesach, selling chametz… Kutach. Shabbat responsibility (when those who are not obligated in Shabbat do what would…

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Shabbat 20: Does My Toast Have Crunch?

By Anne and Yardaena / March 26, 2020 | א׳ בניסן תש״פ

  In which we begin a new chapter, and it’s an excellent time to get back into the swing of things if your routine has…

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Shabbat 14: Making the Torah Off-Limits

By Anne and Yardaena / March 24, 2020 | כ״ח באדר תש״פ

The impurity of the Sefer Torah – what? Why?! Busy hands. With a note that pure/impure are not value judgements. Now, who decided what? What…

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Shabbat 15: When Rabbinic Decrees Create Stability

By Anne and Yardaena / March 24, 2020 | כ״ח באדר תש״פ

Impure land – who said, and when? Six decrees out of Usha (Who’s Who and What’s What). What’s the purpose of a rabbinic decree? Specifically:…

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Shabbat 16: When All of the Vessels in the Palace Were Impure

By Anne and Yardaena / March 24, 2020 | כ״ח באדר תש״פ

The oddity of the decree to make vessels made of metal impure. Breaking vessels to renew their pure status. What makes rain Waters become standing…

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Shabbat 17: The Sword in the Study Hall

By Anne and Yardaena / March 24, 2020 | כ״ח באדר תש״פ

Hillel and Shammai. Harvesting grapes in purity, sure, but what about olives? Preserving Hillel’s honor in the face of Shammai’s decree. Also: the passions riding…

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Shabbat 18: “Set It and Forget It” – A Daf of Modern Shabbat Issues

By Anne and Yardaena / March 24, 2020 | כ״ח באדר תש״פ

We found this daf to be remarkably replete with contemporary issues – or perhaps eternal issues of Shabbat. From what machines we can leave running…

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Shabbat 13: A Fool Is Not Harmed (or: The Dead Feel No Pain)

By Anne and Yardaena / March 19, 2020 | כ״ג באדר תש״פ

Some important texts get attention today – first, the book of Ezekiel and its apparently controversial material that apparently contradicted tenets of the Torah –…

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