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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!"

Recent Posts

The Finish Line of Masekhet Berakhot

By Anne and Yardaena / March 7, 2020 | י״א באדר תש״פ

This is it – the final daf – and in contrast to our usual mandate, we learn through the entire (very short) daf… and come…

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Power Play (and Win)

By Anne and Yardaena / March 6, 2020 | י׳ באדר תש״פ

In which there is a lot of bona fide wisdom. Plus actual tension between the world of Torah authority in the Land of Israel and…

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Sex Ed, Up Close and Personal

By Anne and Yardaena / March 5, 2020 | ט׳ באדר תש״פ

We think this is a must-listen episode, if we do say so ourselves. Dr. Talli Rosenbaum commented the other day that a good story was…

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Rabbi Akiva’s Moment of Death and Shema

By Anne and Yardaena / March 4, 2020 | ח׳ באדר תש״פ

  It’s the final stretch of Berakhot — now’s the time to catch up if you are behind and still want to! In which the…

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Happy Is the Person Who Is Always Scared

By Anne and Yardaena / March 3, 2020 | ז׳ באדר תש״פ

  It’s the final stretch of Berakhot — now’s the time to catch up if you are behind and still want to! In which we…

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We Don’t Bless God for the Suez Canal

By Anne and Yardaena / March 2, 2020 | ו׳ באדר תש״פ

  It’s the final stretch of Berakhot — now’s the time to catch up if you are behind and still want to! Every 28 years,…

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We Are All Individuals!

By Anne and Yardaena / March 1, 2020 | ה׳ באדר תש״פ

It’s the final stretch of Berakhot — now’s the time to catch up if you are behind and still want to! Now, to our daf:…

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Deepest, Darkest Fearsome Racy Dreams…Writ Well

By Anne and Yardaena / February 29, 2020 | ד׳ באדר תש״פ

If the previous daf left the value of interpreting dreams – or at least paying someone to do so – in question, this daf illustrates…

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Dreaming of Elephants

By Anne and Yardaena / February 28, 2020 | ג׳ באדר תש״פ

Another daf of dreams…. You’ll want to pay close attention to the story of Abaye and Rava and their identical dreams with consistently differing interpretations.…

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If You Say You Had a Good Dream, Then Your Dream Was Good

By Anne and Yardaena / February 27, 2020 | ב׳ באדר תש״פ

A challenging daf, not only because it’s long (this section of Berakhot has long dapim), but also because its focus is far from our expectations…

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