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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 76: A Nes Nistar daf 76 on Israelโ€™s 76 birthday!

By Anne and Yardaena / May 14, 2024 | ื•ืณ ื‘ืื™ื™ืจ ืชืฉืคืดื“

The daf begins the sixth perek which discusses issues that may come up between an employer and worker. Plus Rav Nachmun tries to create a…

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Bava Metzia 75: The Halacha of Hillel

By Anne and Yardaena / May 13, 2024 | ื”ืณ ื‘ืื™ื™ืจ ืชืฉืคืดื“

The last daf of the fifth perek wraps up the discussion of interest with two final mishnahs. The Genara after the first mishnah shares an…

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Bava Metzia 74: Grapes, Olives, and Clumps of Clay

By Anne and Yardaena / May 12, 2024 | ื“ืณ ื‘ืื™ื™ืจ ืชืฉืคืดื“

Contracting for produce in advance – even when the harvest or processing isn’t finished, but the raw goods are already in the offing, and some…

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Bava Metzia 73: Placing Your Wine Orders Early

By Anne and Yardaena / May 11, 2024 | ื’ืณ ื‘ืื™ื™ืจ ืชืฉืคืดื“

Surcharges for sharecroppers – is that interest or not? Plus, real cases vs. theoretical ones. And the details of how those real cases are manifest.…

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Bava Metzia 72: Forward Contracting

By Anne and Yardaena / May 10, 2024 | ื‘ืณ ื‘ืื™ื™ืจ ืชืฉืคืดื“

The daf asks the question what happens if a non-Jew converts and was charged interest by a Jew – can the interest still be collected.…

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Bava Metzia 71: When Lending with Interest Seems OK, Maybe

By Anne and Yardaena / May 9, 2024 | ืืณ ื‘ืื™ื™ืจ ืชืฉืคืดื“

Some reflections by the sages on how bad it is to lend with interest – where the mishnah seemed to allow it after all, at…

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Bava Metzia 70: Charging Interest Non-Jews

By Anne and Yardaena / May 8, 2024 | ืœืณ ื‘ื ื™ืกืŸ ืชืฉืคืดื“

How being an orphan (minor) changes the terms of the prohibition against interest. Also, a new mishnah: fixed costs on what becomes a loan (via…

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Bava Metzia 69: Covering Costs

By Anne and Yardaena / May 7, 2024 | ื›ืดื˜ ื‘ื ื™ืกืŸ ืชืฉืคืดื“

More on the partnerships of yesterday’s daf, but in story form. Plus, a new mishnah on appraising animals and their progeny, and when adding sums…

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Bava Metzia 68: Iska

By Anne and Yardaena / May 6, 2024 | ื›ืดื— ื‘ื ื™ืกืŸ ืชืฉืคืดื“

Rav Ashi shares a halacha about pledged property from the sages of Mechoza and explains the root of the word mishkanta. A new mishnah introduces…

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Bava Metzia 67: The Dust of Interest

By Anne and Yardaena / May 5, 2024 | ื›ืดื– ื‘ื ื™ืกืŸ ืชืฉืคืดื“

A case where a woman instructs a man to go buy property from her relatives on her behalf, which gives rise to the relative’s question…

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