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September 25, 2021 | י״ט בתשרי תשפ״ב | TODAY'S DAF: Beitzah 25 - Shabbat Chol Hamoed, September 25

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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.

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