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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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Kiddushin 35: The Bearded Lady

By Anne and Yardaena / September 17, 2023 | ื‘ืณ ื‘ืชืฉืจื™ ืชืฉืคืดื“

And now, sources for why women are obligated in negative commandments, including 3 verses that teach different component parts. Click here for the Talking Talmud…

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Kiddushin 34: The Path to Women’s Exemptions

By Anne and Yardaena / September 17, 2023 | ื‘ืณ ื‘ืชืฉืจื™ ืชืฉืคืดื“

How do we know that women are exempt from positive time-bound commandments? It’s learned from tefillin, which is linked to learning Torah. Or tefillin could…

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Kiddushin 33: The Ear of Rabbi Yosef’s Donkey

By Anne and Yardaena / September 14, 2023 | ื›ืดื— ื‘ืืœื•ืœ ืชืฉืคืดื’

More on giving honor – to Torah scholars. Standing before those who brought first fruits vs. Not standing before Torah scholars – what a difference…

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Kiddushin 32: “Sit, Sit, No Need to Stand”

By Anne and Yardaena / September 14, 2023 | ื›ืดื— ื‘ืืœื•ืœ ืชืฉืคืดื’

More on kibud av va’em, honoring one’s parents. How far must one go? What about correcting a parent’s error? Plus, the example of the 4…

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Kiddushin 31: The Poster Child for Honoring One’s Parents

By Anne and Yardaena / September 13, 2023 | ื›ืดื– ื‘ืืœื•ืœ ืชืฉืคืดื’

Lots of nuggets of stories in this daf – beginning with defining the lengths one must go to fulfill the mitzvah of honoring one’s parents.…

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Kiddushin 30: Sink or Swim

By Anne and Yardaena / September 12, 2023 | ื›ืดื• ื‘ืืœื•ืœ ืชืฉืคืดื’

The Gemara shares some beautiful passages about the importance of reaching Torah to oneโ€™s children and how to teach. The daf also discusses why teaching…

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Kiddushin 29: Teach Your Sons (er, no, not your daughters)

By Anne and Yardaena / September 11, 2023 | ื›ืดื” ื‘ืืœื•ืœ ืชืฉืคืดื’

A doozy of a mishnah, especially with regard to gender wars. What mitzvot are women obligated in, and what mitzvot are they not obligated? With…

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Kiddushin 28: Bartering vs. Purchasing

By Anne and Yardaena / September 10, 2023 | ื›ืดื“ ื‘ืืœื•ืœ ืชืฉืคืดื’

More on devolving oaths – gigul shevuah. With various cases of swearing that one is not a slave… Also, defining halipin, exchange – what it…

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Kiddushin 27: Agav Continued

By Anne and Yardaena / September 9, 2023 | ื›ืดื’ ื‘ืืœื•ืœ ืชืฉืคืดื’

Cases of acquiring movable items along with land – from tithes of growing produce along with rent to several different kinds of documents – and…

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Kiddushin 26: Agav

By Anne and Yardaena / September 8, 2023 | ื›ืดื‘ ื‘ืืœื•ืœ ืชืฉืคืดื’

The daf has a Mishnah discussing how land and houses are. acquired. The Gemara introduces the concept of agav and how moveable property should be…

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