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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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Zimun vs. Bentsching. Also Women

By Anne and Yardaena / February 17, 2020 | כ״ב בשבט תש״פ

You already know much of what is on this daf. From the question of how to determine halakhah when you (ie – Hazal) don’t know…

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Were Hazal on Drugs?

By Anne and Yardaena / February 16, 2020 | כ״א בשבט תש״פ

The idea that anything could displace HaMotzi as the most important bracha would be intriguing, but that curiosity is displaced by the very phenomenon that…

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Dress Up a Pig and It Will Still Roll in the Mud

By Anne and Yardaena / February 16, 2020 | כ״א בשבט תש״פ

It’s another daf of tidbits — or rather, a daf of such wonderful insight and wisdom about life, death, the world, and humanity’s role in…

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Warning: Gluten Ahead

By Anne and Yardaena / February 14, 2020 | י״ט בשבט תש״פ

In which the Talmud again drives home just how different our eating habits are today than they were in the time of the Gemara. In…

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A Barley-Grain-Sized Piece of Bone from a Corpse

By Anne and Yardaena / February 13, 2020 | י״ח בשבט תש״פ

A challenging episode to title 🙂 The idea that HaMotzi is an umbrella bracha that covers all the other required brachot at a meal is…

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Adam and Eve Ate What?!

By Anne and Yardaena / February 12, 2020 | י״ז בשבט תש״פ

In which all this talk of fruit brought the daf back to the Garden of Eden, to consider the nature of the fruit from the…

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What’s Better Than Sliced Bread?

By Anne and Yardaena / February 11, 2020 | ט״ז בשבט תש״פ

In which Yardaena tackles two stories of halakhic application that demonstrate the extreme attention paid to choosing the right blessing for one’s food (admittedly, one…

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Breaking Bread

By Anne and Yardaena / February 10, 2020 | ט״ו בשבט תש״פ

In which the Gemara dives deep to address the formulation of the blessing over bread — is it “Motzi” or the “HaMotzi” we all know?…

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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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