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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 39: When Rosh Hashanah Falls on Rosh Chodesh

By Anne and Yardaena / September 17, 2020 | כ״ח באלול תש״פ

The establishment of Rosh Chodesh, based on witness testimony, and the implications of that for Rosh Hashanah, which, by definition, falls out on Rosh Chodesh,…

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Eruvin 38: One Kedushah, Two Kedushah

By Anne and Yardaena / September 16, 2020 | כ״ז באלול תש״פ

When yom tov is next to Shabbat… Making one eruv going to the west, and another one going to the east. From there, he follows…

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Eruvin 37: Retroactive Designation

By Anne and Yardaena / September 15, 2020 | כ״ו באלול תש״פ

Terminology/What’s What: Bereirah. Can an eruv techumin kick in retroactively, as determined by whether it is used? This kind of planning and thinking ahead, with…

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Eruvin 36: Wherefore Eruv Techumin?

By Anne and Yardaena / September 14, 2020 | כ״ה באלול תש״פ

How accessible does the food in the eruv need to be? What if you’re a kohen, and you know that some of your food is…

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Eruvin 35: If You Come to Move It, Move It

By Anne and Yardaena / September 13, 2020 | כ״ד באלול תש״פ

A detour: When someone becomes a “zav” and is impure, that impurity can be transferred to an item simply by moving the item. But only…

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Eruvin 34: Accessing the Physical Eruv (Or Not)

By Anne and Yardaena / September 12, 2020 | כ״ג באלול תש״פ

Do you really need to bring the eruv techumin to the place where you want to set up the eruv? (In the case where Shabbat…

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Eruvin 33: Oh, Go Hang Your Eruv in a Tree

By Anne and Yardaena / September 11, 2020 | כ״ב באלול תש״פ

If you put your eruv good low in a tree, note that if it within 3 tefachim of the ground, it’s as if it were…

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Eruvin 20: Watering the Animals

By Anne and Yardaena / August 29, 2020 | ט׳ באלול תש״פ

Note: Apologies for the interference from Yardaena’s outdoor setting to record. Setting an enclosure around a well from before Shabbat – what if it dries…

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Eruvin 19: The Jewish Hell

By Anne and Yardaena / August 28, 2020 | ח׳ באלול תש״פ

More aggadot. The gold on the gold-plated altar did not melt in all the years of sacrifices. So too the nature of the Jewish people,…

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Eruvin 18: If She Walks in Front of You, You May Not Follow

By Anne and Yardaena / August 27, 2020 | ז׳ באלול תש״פ

A small portion of a long mishnah: the case of arranging boards as an enclosure around a well, where 4 boards look like 8, or…

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