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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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Bava Metzia 52: Eroded Coins

By Anne and Yardaena / April 20, 2024 | ื™ืดื‘ ื‘ื ื™ืกืŸ ืชืฉืคืดื“

A new mishnah! The erosion of minted coins, and its diminished value, with the potential for fraud in using it, as the metal is worn…

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Bava Metzia 51: Who Can Claim Fraud

By Anne and Yardaena / April 19, 2024 | ื™ืดื ื‘ื ื™ืกืŸ ืชืฉืคืดื“

A mishnah discusses if there is a time limit to claim price fraud. Also discussed if fraud can be committed by a person irrespective of…

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Bava Metzia 50: Fraud at a Sixth

By Anne and Yardaena / April 18, 2024 | ื™ืณ ื‘ื ื™ืกืŸ ืชืฉืคืดื“

Establishing ona’ah at pricing that is a sixth over the value – with that time frame to consult and complain as temporary recourse. When is…

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Bava Metzia 49: A Halakhic Better Business Bureau

By Anne and Yardaena / April 17, 2024 | ื˜ืณ ื‘ื ื™ืกืŸ ืชืฉืคืดื“

Reneging on a verbal commitment toward a sale – illustrative stories. Also, a new mishnah! On “ona’ah” – cases of taking advantage of another in…

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Bava Metzia 48: Divine Retribution

By Anne and Yardaena / April 16, 2024 | ื—ืณ ื‘ื ื™ืกืŸ ืชืฉืคืดื“

The daf explores the idea of Mi Shโ€™Para and what happens of someone reneges on a sale and the beit din cannot enforce the sale.…

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Bava Metzia 47: The Significance of a Handkerchief

By Anne and Yardaena / April 15, 2024 | ื–ืณ ื‘ื ื™ืกืŸ ืชืฉืคืดื“

Defining “kinyan sudar” – a handkerchief version of halipin. Plus, “kinyan agav,” where the act of acquisition is secondary and along the way of the…

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Bava Metzia 46: The Exchange Without the Stock

By Anne and Yardaena / April 14, 2024 | ื•ืณ ื‘ื ื™ืกืŸ ืชืฉืคืดื“

More on exchange – including the question of using a coin as an indication of a formal act of acquisition. For it to work, he…

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Bava Metzia 45: The Power of Exchange

By Anne and Yardaena / April 13, 2024 | ื”ืณ ื‘ื ื™ืกืŸ ืชืฉืคืดื“

One who redeems ma’aser sheni on coins, and the desacralizes the coins to use them to buy the food in Jerusalem – how those coins…

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Bava Metzia 44: Commodity vs. Currency

By Anne and Yardaena / April 12, 2024 | ื“ืณ ื‘ื ื™ืกืŸ ืชืฉืคืดื“

The third perek finished with a discussion about whether intent to misappropriate a deposit is misappropriation. The fourth perek begins with a mishnah discussing how…

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Bava Metzia 43: Drinking the Stash

By Anne and Yardaena / April 11, 2024 | ื’ืณ ื‘ื ื™ืกืŸ ืชืฉืคืดื“

2 mishnayot! Additional cases of an object left with a guardian, and how various variables change the guardian’s liability. Note the differences between a store…

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