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Talking Talmud is the podcast by 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!”

Recent Posts

Shabbat 86: No Comfort Hugs at Mount Sinai?

By Anne and Yardaena / May 31, 2020 | ח׳ בסיון תש״פ

The fourth of the four asmakhtah mishnayot, with four topics within the one mishnah: polatet shikhvat zera, bathing an infant who has undergone brit milah…

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Shabbat 85: How Much Agriculture Did the Rabbis Really Know?

By Anne and Yardaena / May 30, 2020 | ז׳ בסיון תש״פ

Asmakhtah, again. And a whole new discussion: kilayim, the prohibition against sowing seeds together. Mapping out the garden… And on to the salvation of the…

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Shabbat 84: Little Boxes, Impure Boxes

By Anne and Yardaena / May 30, 2020 | ז׳ בסיון תש״פ

What’s What: Midras tumah. When boxes are contaminated, as it were, with tumah – when they open from the side or from the top. Whereas…

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Shabbat 83: A Ship Is Not Impure

By Anne and Yardaena / May 28, 2020 | ה׳ בסיון תש״פ

The importance of context, when the backdrop of idolatry shows up here. Also: What’s What: Tumat Heset – the tumah that is transferred when moving…

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Shabbat 82: When Everyone Has a Remedy for You

By Anne and Yardaena / May 27, 2020 | ד׳ בסיון תש״פ

A nod of appreciation to the topic of witchcraft. Also: When a father tells his son that learning the basics is important. Plus: Those basics…

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Shabbat 81: Bathroom Etiquette and Shabbat

By Anne and Yardaena / May 26, 2020 | ג׳ בסיון תש״פ

How heavy is the rock you throw at a bird? What’s the amount that makes a rock a problem to carry on Shabbat? It can’t…

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Shabbat 80: How Not to Prepare Your Daughter for Marriage

By Anne and Yardaena / May 25, 2020 | ב׳ בסיון תש״פ

More on blue eye shadow: whoever shadows just one eye?! Modesty vs. hypermodesty – not just a tension of the modern era. Plus: Lime qua…

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Shabbat 79: Recycling Sifrei Torah (No)

By Anne and Yardaena / May 24, 2020 | א׳ בסיון תש״פ

When carrying becomes a topic of documents and of receipts or promissory notes, it’s only logical that the discussion would veer to parchment and tefillin…

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Shabbat 78: Blue Eyeshadow

By Anne and Yardaena / May 23, 2020 | כ״ט באייר תש״פ

The liquids that are beverages or food, and are also used for medicinal purposes – on which measure is used to determine how much one…

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Shabbat 77: The Need for Mosquitoes in the World

By Anne and Yardaena / May 22, 2020 | כ״ח באייר תש״פ

Dedicated for the yarzheit of Dr. Michael E. Osband Melech Gershom Channa Ben Eliezer v’Chasya Hesha. Alef vs ayin – the Gemara is figuring out…

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