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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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Shekalim 3: Throwing Off the Shackles of Winter

By Anne and Yardaena / March 24, 2021 | י״א בניסן תשפ״א

The 15th of Adar ushers in the springtime, and all of the repairs that winter made necessary. So too, the courts open up. And also…

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Shekalim 2: It’s Time for the Appeal: Funding the Temple (Introduction to Masekhet Shekalim)

By Anne and Yardaena / March 23, 2021 | י׳ בניסן תשפ״א

What makes Shekalim different? Note that the Gemara on these mishnayot is Talmud Yerushalmi, the so-called Palestinian Talmud. Why is it here? Also, the content…

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Pesachim 105: Shabbat Arrives When It Does, Like It or Not

By Anne and Yardaena / March 6, 2021 | כ״ב באדר תשפ״א

A story of a meal where the diners need to determine whether Shabbat has begun. Which leads to a discussion about the fact that Shabbat…

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Pesachim 104: Drawing Distinctions

By Anne and Yardaena / March 5, 2021 | כ״א באדר תשפ״א

The content of Havdalah – making distinctions. But the point could be made so much more succinctly! Note the goal of having the essential theme…

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Pesachim 103: The Alphabet Soup of Havdalah

By Anne and Yardaena / March 4, 2021 | כ׳ באדר תשפ״א

What’s the order of the different components of Havdalah? What ARE the different components of Havdalah? A lot of ordering and reordering, depending on which…

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Pesachim 102: When Meals End (or Don’t)

By Anne and Yardaena / March 3, 2021 | י״ט באדר תשפ״א

R. Yochanan’s opinion that one doesn’t need to make a new bracha over food in a new locale. That is, no after-blessing nor prior to…

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Pesachim 101: Eat Where You Kiddush

By Anne and Yardaena / March 2, 2021 | י״ח באדר תשפ״א

Kiddush! Why we make kiddush at home, after hearing it in shul, and why we make kiddush in shul, despite the fact that we’re going…

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Pesachim 100: If You Close Your Eyes, Tomorrow Never Comes

By Anne and Yardaena / March 1, 2021 | י״ז באדר תשפ״א

In not wrecking your appetite before the first yom tov meal, if you do start a meal on Erev Shabbat or Erev Yom Tov, how…

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Pesachim 99: How Hard It Is to Keep Quiet

By Anne and Yardaena / February 28, 2021 | ט״ז באדר תשפ״א

A neat solution for the lost Korban Pesach. Plus: the value of a science, for both the fool and the wise, including context! Also: Chapter…

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Pesachim 72: To Err Is Human (But Sometimes, There’s No Good Excuse)

By Anne and Yardaena / February 1, 2021 | י״ט בשבט תשפ״א

The Gemara raises one model of a case, following on the positions of the mishnah,that then is applied to several different halakhic cases. Our case…

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