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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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Eruvin 49: The Moral Lesson of Eruv

By Anne and Yardaena / September 27, 2020 | ט׳ בתשרי תשפ״א

The traits of Sodom. And other ways that eruvin may or may not take hold, but aren’t really in the spirit of eruvin: one who…

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Eruvin 48: The Forearm of Og, King of the Bashan

By Anne and Yardaena / September 26, 2020 | ח׳ בתשרי תשפ״א

Some inner workings of the beit midrash: Amoraim on tannaitic statements – a need to separate a residential area and a water-cooled ditch. And then…

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Eruvin 47: Those Red-blooded Young Men of Judea

By Anne and Yardaena / September 25, 2020 | ז׳ בתשרי תשפ״א

The halakhah discussion that is framed by the methodology question of rules of thumb of whose p’sak holds away. Cases pertain to women who were…

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Eruvin 46: When the Many Dispute the One, and the One Wins

By Anne and Yardaena / September 24, 2020 | ו׳ בתשרי תשפ״א

How did the Amoraim view the Tannaim, and the process of halakhic development? Transmission from the previous generations, or inference? The Halakhah is lenient when…

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Eruvin 45: If Enemies Come to Kill You, Defend Yourself

By Anne and Yardaena / September 23, 2020 | ה׳ בתשרי תשפ״א

Dedicated in memory of Chava bat Eliezer v’Sarah, Rabbanit Chava Schindler Oles on 5 Tishrei. Who’s Who: Rabban Gamliel the Elder. Regarding those whose activities…

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Eruvin 44: A Willingness to Help

By Anne and Yardaena / September 22, 2020 | ד׳ בתשרי תשפ״א

Can you use living creatures as a partition? What if those creatures are human beings? Can a person become part of a wall of the…

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Eruvin 43: When We’re Too Busy to Welcome the Messiah

By Anne and Yardaena / September 21, 2020 | ג׳ בתשרי תשפ״א

Does the concept of techum apply to a space that’s over 10 tefachim? Again the overlap with eruv chatzerot, and so on. Seven teachings were…

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Eruvin 42: Blurring Eruv Techumin with Eruv Chatzerot

By Anne and Yardaena / September 20, 2020 | ב׳ בתשרי תשפ״א

THIS IS SUNDAY’S DAF (Day 2 of Rosh Hashanah). Eruv techumin vs. Eruv chatzerot – note that they’re really different (which means that there’s no…

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Eruvin 41: Fast Days, Feast Days, and When They Meet

By Anne and Yardaena / September 20, 2020 | ב׳ בתשרי תשפ״א

THIS EPISODE IS SATURDAY’S DAF (Day 1 of Rosh Hashanah). What happens when Tisha B’Av falls out on Friday (which cannot happen in the era…

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Eruvin 40: Taking Time Seriously

By Anne and Yardaena / September 18, 2020 | כ״ט באלול תש״פ

On R. Dosa’s statement that the person who davens on behalf of the congregation should pray conditionally, depending on the true date. The sages had…

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