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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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Nedarim 24: Circumstances beyond Our Control

By Anne and Yardaena / November 18, 2022 | כ״ד במרחשוון תשפ״ג

Do the rabbis agree with R. Elazar Ben Yaakov from the mishnah or not? What if a person can’t fulfill a vow because of circumstances…

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Nedarim 23: Abaye Goes Too Far

By Anne and Yardaena / November 17, 2022 | כ״ג במרחשוון תשפ״ג

How dissolving vows seems to have been a common occurrence. Also, the Manny expressions of regret. Also, both Abaye and his wife want the daughter…

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Nedarim 22: Down with Vows

By Anne and Yardaena / November 16, 2022 | כ״ב במרחשוון תשפ״ג

Another case of dissolving a vow… because your deeds are known in heaven. Also, comparing making a vow to building an altar. Plus, an investigation…

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Nedarim 21: If It Walks Like a Duck, and Quacks Like a Duck, It’s Still Not Always a Duck

By Anne and Yardaena / November 15, 2022 | כ״א במרחשוון תשפ״ג

Chapter 3! The opening mishnah addresses nedarim that are not real vows, but look and feel like a neder, and therefore should not be said.…

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Nedarim 20: Women and the Deli Counter

By Anne and Yardaena / November 14, 2022 | כ׳ במרחשוון תשפ״ג

A new mishnah! With various vows and caveats thereof. Including the famous injunction not to prolong conversation with a woman (!). Also, a list of…

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Nedarim 19: The Burden of Proof

By Anne and Yardaena / November 13, 2022 | י״ט במרחשוון תשפ״ג

Consecrating property, even when it has questionable status, as compared to vows, when there is doubt as to the status – both result in stringency.…

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Nedarim 18: Context Matters: Swearing Casually and Its Implications

By Anne and Yardaena / November 12, 2022 | י״ח במרחשוון תשפ״ג

Challenges to R. Huna, and answers to the challenges. More on the stringencies of a neder vs. an oath. Plus, the sin of swearing falsely,…

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Nedarim 17: How One Can Be a Nazir Twice at the Same Time

By Anne and Yardaena / November 11, 2022 | י״ז במרחשוון תשפ״ג

A vow within a vow! (But not an oath within an oath). Also, how that kind of vow applies to a nazir (and the debate…

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Nedarim 16: Nedarim vs. Shevuot

By Anne and Yardaena / November 10, 2022 | ט״ז במרחשוון תשפ״ג

A new mishnah – paralleling vows (nedarim) and oaths (shevuot). They take effect on different things. Plus, wording swearing off things with a standard formulation…

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Nedarim 15: Conditional Vows

By Anne and Yardaena / November 9, 2022 | ט״ו במרחשוון תשפ״ג

A series of refutations to R. Yehudah’s position against conditional nedarim. Which leads us to the difference between a neder and a shevuah. Plus, the…

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