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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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Bava Kamma 84: An Eye for an Eye

By Anne and Yardaena / January 25, 2024 | ื˜ืดื• ื‘ืฉื‘ื˜ ืชืฉืคืดื“

When the Torah says, “an eye for an eye,” how is that the Gemara concludes that the perpetrator compensates for the damage with money, rather…

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Bava Kamma 83: If You Learn Greek, Must You Think Greek Thoughts?

By Anne and Yardaena / January 24, 2024 | ื™ืดื“ ื‘ืฉื‘ื˜ ืชืฉืคืดื“

Finishing up chapter 7… With more on the prohibition against Greek wisdom, and the language, as well as other “foreign” languages. Also, starting chapter 8,…

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Bava Kamma 82: Ezraโ€™s Ten

By Anne and Yardaena / January 23, 2024 | ื™ืดื’ ื‘ืฉื‘ื˜ ืชืฉืคืดื“

The daf lists the 10 rules set up by Ezra HaSofer when he resettled the land. Plus there is mention of 10 rules only for…

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Bava Kamma 81: The Ten

By Anne and Yardaena / January 22, 2024 | ื™ืดื‘ ื‘ืฉื‘ื˜ ืชืฉืคืดื“

.A barita describes ten rules established by Yehoshua when Bnei Yisroel settled the land. Another barita discusses how all of the tribesโ€™ portions shared equal…

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Bava Kamma 80: The Curative Properties of Goat Milk

By Anne and Yardaena / January 21, 2024 | ื™ืดื ื‘ืฉื‘ื˜ ืชืฉืคืดื“

More on the prohibition against raising certain small animals. Plus, the story of a pious person who had pain in his heart, and the doctors…

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Bava Kamma 79: How Much Chutzpah? Ignoring God vs. Ignoring People

By Anne and Yardaena / January 20, 2024 | ื™ืณ ื‘ืฉื‘ื˜ ืชืฉืคืดื“

How a thief can take formal possession of an animal even while on the owner’s property, depending on when the thief leaves that property, for…

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Bava Kamma 78: Kilayim animals

By Anne and Yardaena / January 19, 2024 | ื˜ืณ ื‘ืฉื‘ื˜ ืชืฉืคืดื“

How does the prohibition against mating diverse kinds of animals impact the fourfold or fivefold payments. Plus our favorite halakhic animal the Koy appears on…

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Bava Kamma 77: Meat – Holy and Treif

By Anne and Yardaena / January 18, 2024 | ื—ืณ ื‘ืฉื‘ื˜ ืชืฉืคืดื“

A tiny page of Gemara on amud left, with a massive amount of commentary by the Baalei HaTosafot – on the red heifer, and a…

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Bava Kamma 76: Answers from Eretz Yisroel

By Anne and Yardaena / January 17, 2024 | ื–ืณ ื‘ืฉื‘ื˜ ืชืฉืคืดื“

The daf examines the opinion of Rabbi Shimon and his distinction between payment of the fourfold or fivefold fine in the case of a korban…

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Bava Kamma 75: Can a Thief Get Out of Penalties by Coming Clean?!

By Anne and Yardaena / January 16, 2024 | ื•ืณ ื‘ืฉื‘ื˜ ืชืฉืคืดื“

[Who’s Who: Rabban Gamliel and Tavi] The case of witnesses and admission, and when in that timeline one’s obligation to pay a fine kicks in.…

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