Monthly Archives: October 2012

Looking for Illumination

Dapim 83-89 (Shabbas 20a-26b) Comment There are times when the Talmud appears to be no more than a scrapbook of teachings strung together by free association with no didactic strategy. I am always reluctant to accept that this appearance is … Continue reading

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Shabbas Among the Gentiles

Daf 82 (Shabbas 19a-19b) Summary. A baraisa rules that one may place food before a dog on Shabbas and not be concerned if the dog transfers it to another domain; likewise, we may place food before a gentile. The gemara questions … Continue reading

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Idle Utensils

Daf 81 (Shabbas 18a-18b) Summary. The gemara looks at work begun before Shabbas that sets a process in motion that continues on its own. Pouring water into ink, even without mixing them by hand, is, according to Rebbi, the equivalent of kneading. … Continue reading

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The Worst Day Ever

Daf 76 (Shabbas 13a-13b) Summary. The teaching that “a zav may not eat together with a zavah since it might lead to sin” suggests that observance of the laws of ritual purity is widespread. The gemara asks if a niddah may sleep with … Continue reading

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A Lousy Shabbas

Daf 75 (Shabbas 12a-12b) Summary. Although a tailor may not go out on the eve of Shabbas with his needle, there is a baraisa that rules one may go out wearing tefillin. The gemara discusses the rules for delousing one’s garments … Continue reading

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No Belt Tightening Here

Daf 72 (Shabbas 9a-9b) Summary. The gemara continues to ponder the status of a threshold. Perhaps it is part of the private domain when the door is open and part of the public domain when the door is closed? Perhaps … Continue reading

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Nourish Me, Warm Me, Satisfy Me

Daf 70 (Shabbas 7a-7b) Summary. The discussion of the four domains relevant to the Sabbath continues. There are objects within a public domain that are considered to be a domain unto themselves. The distinguishing feature may be their height or whether … Continue reading

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