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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 40: No Showers on Shabbat

By Anne and Yardaena / April 15, 2020 | כ״א בניסן תש״פ

The decree against full showers or baths on Shabbat, even when the water has been heated prior to Shabbat. Plus: the hierarchy of rabbinic authority,…

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Shabbat 39: Heated by Hellfire

By Anne and Yardaena / April 14, 2020 | כ׳ בניסן תש״פ

Still more cooking – frying your egg on the sidewalk ( is the sun)? Acceptable or not? What about-face hot springs. Also: Drawing inferences vs.…

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Shabbat 38: Putting One Over on Hilkhot Shabbat – Temporarily

By Anne and Yardaena / April 13, 2020 | י״ט בניסן תש״פ

More cooking! A decree that sheds light on halakhic cooking – and human nature. Defining terms: acting be-mezid, be-sho-geg, or forgetting. Also: Why intention matters,…

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Shabbat 37: None of These Melakhot Is Exactly as It Seems

By Anne and Yardaena / April 12, 2020 | י״ח בניסן תש״פ

Cooking! When more time on the fire is better or worse for the food. Also: Understanding the variables in cooking as a melakhah. Including how…

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Shabbat 36: We Don’t Always Know What the Words Mean – and the Gemara Agrees

By Anne and Yardaena / April 11, 2020 | י״ז בניסן תש״פ

Shofar, aravot, and the name of Babylonia – definitions in the absence of the Temple and losing the nuances of language. Also: Cooking! We begin…

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Shabbat 35: The First Pre-Shabbat Siren

By Anne and Yardaena / April 10, 2020 | ט״ז בניסן תש״פ

Erev Shabbat preparation, beginning with the 6 shofar blasts announcing the coming day. And the 5 shofar blasts of the Babylonian diaspora – of some…

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Shabbat 34: The Twilight Zone — Literally

By Anne and Yardaena / April 9, 2020 | ט״ו בניסן תש״פ

A brief mention of “hatmanah” and crock pots. More: The checklist going into Shabbat. Keeping tension in check, and welcoming Shabbat well. Also: Bein Hashmashot…

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Shabbat 33: Unfair Stereotyping of Women in the Ancient World – Unlocked! (Maybe)

By Anne and Yardaena / April 8, 2020 | י״ד בניסן תש״פ

One of those dapim we were eager to get to – it’s got drama and conflict and religious pathos; it’s got spying and flighty women;…

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Shabbat 32: Scare Tactics

By Anne and Yardaena / April 7, 2020 | י״ג בניסן תש״פ

Three sins for which women die in childbirth – from “women’s mitzvot,” such as they are. Why these are so severe, and the cautionary mishnah.…

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Shabbat 31: “Go and learn!”

By Anne and Yardaena / April 6, 2020 | י״ב בניסן תש״פ

The stories about Hillel and Shammai that you already know, and maybe some you don’t. Plus context about who they were, who their students were,…

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