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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 128: Ostriches and Elephants and Chickadees (Oh My!)

By Anne and Yardaena / July 12, 2020 | כ׳ בתמוז תש״פ

Food for ravens – muktzah or no? Food for deer? For doves? What about food for ostriches? Or elephants? Who knew?! Plus: All of Israel…

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Shabbat 127: Giving Credit Even If It Isn’t Due

By Anne and Yardaena / July 11, 2020 | י״ט בתמוז תש״פ

Muktzah does appear! R. Yehudah HaNasi cleared the baskets, but not actually himself – an example of what it meant to be the Nasi. Also:…

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Shabbat 126: Hanging Doors, Container Covers, and Cleaning Up for Guests

By Anne and Yardaena / July 10, 2020 | י״ח בתמוז תש״פ

The distinction on practice at the Temple vs. outside of it. In this case, door bolts that are not tied to the door – which…

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Shabbat 125: Leaving Muktzah

By Anne and Yardaena / July 9, 2020 | י״ז בתמוז תש״פ

What do you do with the broken shards of an item that was (or wasn’t) designated before Shabbat? The daf follows the process of argumentation…

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Shabbat 124: Turning Broken Vessels into Vessels

By Anne and Yardaena / July 8, 2020 | ט״ז בתמוז תש״פ

The term “muktzah.” Shabbat vs. yom tov – when it comes to items with a permissible purpose on yom tov that is prohibited on Shabbat.…

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Shabbat 123: The Extreme Origins of Muktzah

By Anne and Yardaena / July 7, 2020 | ט״ו בתמוז תש״פ

The mishnah on daf 122 explains that every item is permissible to move on Shabbat – and provides permitted activities to do that designate items…

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Shabbat 122: Light One Candle

By Anne and Yardaena / July 6, 2020 | י״ד בתמוז תש״פ

Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi – a man of great wealth, and why that matters. Even the non-Jews wouldn’t think of starting up with him; such was…

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Shabbat 121: The 5 Dangerous Creatures

By Anne and Yardaena / July 5, 2020 | י״ג בתמוז תש״פ

A footnote to the Who’s Who on Rabbi Yosi ben Halafta. And: Amira le-Akum, and how Jews are not responsible for non-Jewish activities on Shabbat.…

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Shabbat 119: Preparing for Shabbat

By Anne and Yardaena / July 3, 2020 | י״א בתמוז תש״פ

The source for Kabbalat Shabbat is here – going out to greet the Sabbath – and the implicit honor to the day. And a list…

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Shabbat 118: The Five Sons of Rabbi Yosi

By Anne and Yardaena / July 2, 2020 | י׳ בתמוז תש״פ

Eating the 3 meals of Shabbat protects you from 3 harsh periods of travail – inspirational fear, if you will. Also: What happens when people…

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