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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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So ,You Think Rice Is HaMotzi?

By Anne and Yardaena / February 9, 2020 | י״ד בשבט תש״פ

Some dapim have lots of aggadata, some have heated halakhic debates, some probe the “nitty-gritty” of halakhah. This daf does a little of the first…

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Medicine Is Not Food!

By Anne and Yardaena / February 8, 2020 | י״ג בשבט תש״פ

I’ll note that I think the most important part of our discussion for today’s daf (recorded in advance, of course) takes place at the end…

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Don’t Steal from God!

By Anne and Yardaena / February 7, 2020 | י״ב בשבט תש״פ

A few divergent topics in today’s daf. 1. Finally arriving at actual BERAKHOT (blessings) — birkat hanehenin, those blessings of thanksgiving that we make over…

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God Knows Who You’re Praying For

By Anne and Yardaena / February 6, 2020 | י״א בשבט תש״פ

In which a number of small topics presented themselves for perusal, in what we call: Tidbit Day. The fine-tuned demurral of the wanna-be shaliach tzibur.…

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Lions and Snakes and Scorpions, Oh My!

By Anne and Yardaena / February 5, 2020 | י׳ בשבט תש״פ

What kind of focus does it take to keep davening without even moving when a snake wraps itself around your ankle? What kind of faith…

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The Golden Calf Was All God’s Fault

By Anne and Yardaena / February 4, 2020 | ט׳ בשבט תש״פ

In which we consider whether we have free choice, whether Pharaoh had free choice, and whether anyone ever really has free choice. To what extent…

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No, of course Hannah wasn’t drunk

By Anne and Yardaena / February 3, 2020 | ח׳ בשבט תש״פ

In which we learn to rebuke when appropriate and to stand up for ourselves in the face of rebuke, when it wasn’t warranted. Namely, Yardaena…

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Kavanah, Kavanah, Kavanah!

By Anne and Yardaena / February 2, 2020 | ז׳ בשבט תש״פ

In which we begin with location, we continue to constituency, and close with context – the many factors that are designed to drive our focus…

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The Advantages of Praying by Heart

By Anne and Yardaena / February 1, 2020 | ו׳ בשבט תש״פ

In which the Gemara focuses on a whole lot of prayer. And so we discuss the Amidah, the addition of its 19th blessing, Birkat HaMinim…

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Leadership and the Value of Machloket

By Anne and Yardaena / January 31, 2020 | ה׳ בשבט תש״פ

In which the Gemara gets at the heart and head of leadership, the nature of Judaism in the absence of a Beit HaMikdash, some familiar…

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