Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility Skip to content


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

Nedarim 34: Versions

By Anne and Yardaena / November 28, 2022 | ד׳ בכסלו תשפ״ג

A mishnah on the previous daf leads into a discussion of what is excluded when one swears off benefit from another. Including returning a lost…

Read More

Nedarim 33: Fine-tuning Distinctions

By Anne and Yardaena / November 27, 2022 | ג׳ בכסלו תשפ״ג

A new chapter! The only real difference between one who swears off benefit from his friend and one who swears off the food of his…

Read More

Nedarim 32: The Power and Importance of Brit Milah

By Anne and Yardaena / November 26, 2022 | ב׳ בכסלו תשפ״ג

More on the importance of circumstances. Specifically, the story of Moshe and God’s wrath at his apparent delaying the circumcision of his son. Plus, more…

Read More

Nedarim 31: Labeling People

By Anne and Yardaena / November 25, 2022 | א׳ בכסלו תשפ״ג

More mishnayot! One – a person who makes a vow not to benefit from those who “rest” on Shabbat – who is included and excluded…

Read More

Nedarim 30: Utterly Extreme Vows

By Anne and Yardaena / November 24, 2022 | ל׳ במרחשוון תשפ״ג

A whole lot of mishnayot. One: A person who swore off benefit from seafarers. Or land-dwellers. But who’s included in these sweeping statements? Two: One…

Read More

Nedarim 29: Is There a Grace Period for a Vow?

By Anne and Yardaena / November 23, 2022 | כ״ט במרחשוון תשפ״ג

More on the consecrated trees… If they’re consecrated until they’re felled. What does that time stipulation do to the neder? And then they need to…

Read More

Nedarim 28: The Promises Made in Dire Straits

By Anne and Yardaena / November 22, 2022 | כ״ח במרחשוון תשפ״ג

A new mishnah! Taking a vow to protect yourself from thugs who you feel are putting you in danger, and you take a vow to…

Read More

Nedarim 27: How to Really Mean What You Say

By Anne and Yardaena / November 21, 2022 | כ״ז במרחשוון תשפ״ג

[Announcement on Donation Opportunities] Vows that are not fulfilled because of circumstances beyond one’s control. With the example of a court case, a man who…

Read More

Nedarim 26: (Some) Onions Are Good for the Heart

By Anne and Yardaena / November 20, 2022 | כ״ו במרחשוון תשפ״ג

More on accidental vows. When part of the vow remains in force, but not all of it – depending on how much regret the person…

Read More

Nedarim 25: Unwitting, Accidental Vows

By Anne and Yardaena / November 19, 2022 | כ״ה במרחשוון תשפ״ג

Do people use their own language when formulating a vow? Or are they more likely to rely on a formula? What kind of pitfalls are…

Read More
Scroll To Top