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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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Nazir 5: How Long Nezirut?

By Anne and Yardaena / January 28, 2023 | ו׳ בשבט תשפ״ג

On Avshalom, son of King David, and nazir. He cut his hair once a year, which is derived from a verse. Or was that every…

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Nazir 4: Samson Didn’t Vow

By Anne and Yardaena / January 27, 2023 | ה׳ בשבט תשפ״ג

2 mishnayot – beginning with taking a vow like the nezirut of Shimshon (Samson), with different phrasings that all refer to him. But why use…

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Nazir 3: Beauty Is as It Does

By Anne and Yardaena / January 26, 2023 | ד׳ בשבט תשפ״ג

A note on Rivan, the son-in-law of Rashi, who takes his place, as it were, in Nazir. || Wording the vow to become a nazir…

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Nazir 2: The Vow of the Nazir

By Anne and Yardaena / January 25, 2023 | ג׳ בשבט תשפ״ג

An introduction to Nazir, including its placement in Seder Nashim, and following Nedarim. An introduction to chapter 1, including the biblical source for nezirut. And…

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Nedarim 91: Signs of an Affair

By Anne and Yardaena / January 24, 2023 | ב׳ בשבט תשפ״ג

The case of a woman who says to and about her husband that he divorced her – is she to be believed? Also, narrative preceding…

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Nedarim 90: Is Annulment Dependent on Revocation

By Anne and Yardaena / January 23, 2023 | א׳ בשבט תשפ״ג

The Gemara presents Rav Pappi’s version of the machloket between Rabbi Natan and the Chachamim. Plus the last Mishnah of our Masechet! Click here for…

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Nedarim 89: The Vows That Can’t Be Revoked

By Anne and Yardaena / January 22, 2023 | כ״ט בטבת תשפ״ג

3 mishnayot, addressing how the father can revoke a daughter’s vows, with what terms and what exception, what to pay attention to, etc. Plus, the…

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Nedarim 88: Can a Blind Man See?

By Anne and Yardaena / January 21, 2023 | כ״ח בטבת תשפ״ג

When the sages contradict their own opinions, specifically via a parallel case if inadvertent homicide and a blind person, as compared to Nedarim. Also, a…

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Nedarim 87: Missing Intel

By Anne and Yardaena / January 20, 2023 | כ״ז בטבת תשפ״ג

The case of a man who discovers later that he didn’t have all the details at the time he revoked a vow. With a parallel…

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Nedarim 86: Who Owns a Wife’s Body?

By Anne and Yardaena / January 19, 2023 | כ״ו בטבת תשפ״ג

In memory and tribute of our teacher Rabbi Moshe Kahn z”l || More on the question of a vow about something that doesn’t yet exist,…

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