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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...)
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Eruvin 20: Watering the Animals

By Anne and Yardaena / August 29, 2020 | ט׳ באלול תש״פ

Note: Apologies for the interference from Yardaena’s outdoor setting to record. Setting an enclosure around a well from before Shabbat – what if it dries…

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Eruvin 19: The Jewish Hell

By Anne and Yardaena / August 28, 2020 | ח׳ באלול תש״פ

More aggadot. The gold on the gold-plated altar did not melt in all the years of sacrifices. So too the nature of the Jewish people,…

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Eruvin 18: If She Walks in Front of You, You May Not Follow

By Anne and Yardaena / August 27, 2020 | ז׳ באלול תש״פ

A small portion of a long mishnah: the case of arranging boards as an enclosure around a well, where 4 boards look like 8, or…

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Eruvin 17: A Permit to Carry on Shabbat

By Anne and Yardaena / August 26, 2020 | ו׳ באלול תש״פ

What happens if the terms by which you established your eruv change over that Shabbat? Also: The mishnah that closes the chapter – 4 exemptions…

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Eruvin 16: A Wall Made of 3 Ropes and Air

By Anne and Yardaena / August 25, 2020 | ה׳ באלול תש״פ

Terminology: Parutz, breach. The case of “Parutz ke-omed,” when the breached part and the wall part are equal – as disputed by R. Papa and…

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Eruvin 15: Live Animals May Wander Away

By Anne and Yardaena / August 24, 2020 | ד׳ באלול תש״פ

What if the lechi was there, in the right spot, with the necessary dimensions, naturally? What if that naturally occurring architecture element can be used…

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Eruvin 14: Rabbinic Geometry Represent!

By Anne and Yardaena / August 23, 2020 | ג׳ באלול תש״פ

Parameters needed for a koreh and lechi, and a round koreh, with its circumference and diameter… leads to a tangent… King Solomon’s pool that was…

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Shabbat 13: Why Beit Hillel Trumps Beit Shammai

By Anne and Yardaena / August 22, 2020 | ב׳ באלול תש״פ

Who’s Who: R. Meir. Including the differences of interpretive approach by R. Yishmael and R. Akiva, and we we don’t always pasken halakhah according to…

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Eruvin 12: Panels and Posts

By Anne and Yardaena / August 21, 2020 | א׳ באלול תש״פ

Terminology: Pas/pasim. R. Eliezer visits his student, R. Yosi ben Preida, and the topic of conversation is the student’s need for a second lechi on…

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Eruvin 11: Doorways of… Eruvin

By Anne and Yardaena / August 20, 2020 | ל׳ באב תש״פ

Terminology: Tzurat ha-petach. Pitachei shima’ei. Avkata. The need to visualize, and how that plays out, runs throughout the daf. So, what type of space does…

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