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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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Pesachim 12: As Clear as Day

By Anne and Yardaena / December 3, 2020 | י״ז בכסלו תשפ״א

People do not confuse night and day, even when they don’t know what time it is. Similarly, when the time of day is close to…

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Pesachim 11: Gaps in Time

By Anne and Yardaena / December 2, 2020 | ט״ז בכסלו תשפ״א

The previous daf focuses on the time for Bedikat Chametz. On this daf, we delve into some of the rationale underlying the timing, with an…

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Pesachim 10: The Mouse House

By Anne and Yardaena / December 1, 2020 | ט״ו בכסלו תשפ״א

The question of a majority and certainty, and how it has impact on the assumptions that determine whether and how one needs to check for…

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Pesachim 9: Rava Had a Sense of Humor

By Anne and Yardaena / November 30, 2020 | י״ד בכסלו תשפ״א

NOTE: This daf deals with infant loss in a graphic way. From the mishnah, if, after you’ve done Bedikat Chametz, there’s a weasel that brings…

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Pesachim 8: Are Mitzvot a Good-luck Charm?!

By Anne and Yardaena / November 29, 2020 | י״ג בכסלו תשפ״א

Pesachim 8 – How and where to check for chametz during the official check. Does a wine cellar need to be searched? Oil storage? Liquor…

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Pesachim 7: Finding the Right Words

By Anne and Yardaena / November 28, 2020 | י״ב בכסלו תשפ״א

Pesachim 7 – When on Passover Eve does the prohibition against owning chametz kick in? And what if you use the items that you would…

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Pesachim 6: Rules of Gemara Logic

By Anne and Yardaena / November 27, 2020 | י״א בכסלו תשפ״א

Pesachim 6: More interplay between Jews and non-Jews, and ownership of chametz (by a non-Jew) in a Jew’s space. Note the historical acknowledgement that Jews…

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Pesachim 5: Such Need for the Biblical Text

By Anne and Yardaena / November 26, 2020 | י׳ בכסלו תשפ״א

Pesachim 5: Delving into Midrash Halakhah – on the verses that address the prohibition of chametz being found in one’s home on Pesach, together with…

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Pesachim 4: If a Women Says a House Is Chametz-free, Do We Believe Her?

By Anne and Yardaena / November 25, 2020 | ט׳ בכסלו תשפ״א

Pesachim 4: Who’s Who – Rabbi Hiya. Another example of using euphemism for more refined speech. Also, everyone agrees that “Or le-14” means the evening,…

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Pesachim 3: The Mic Is Live

By Anne and Yardaena / November 24, 2020 | ח׳ בכסלו תשפ״א

Pesachim 3: The Gemara finally asks – why didn’t the mishnah just say “night”?? Using the positive version of negative words (tahor (pure) and eino…

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