Monthly Archives: November 2012

No Comity Tonight

Daf 110-116 (Shabbas 47a-53b) Comment The discussion of muktzeh continues and the dilemma of the individual Shabbes observer becomes apparent: Muktzeh status relates to the primary use of an object. For example, a pencil is muktzeh for writing on Shabbes but perhaps permitted for scratching … Continue reading

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Doing Hard Time on Shabbes

Daf 103-109 (Shabbas 40a-46b) Comment Muktzeh prohibitions are a can of worms. Are they “merely” rabbinical as Rashbam asserts, or Biblical as Rashi asserts? Clearly, in the seven dapim this week, opinion among the rabbis is all over the place, with … Continue reading

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The Joy of Having Cooked

Daf 96-102 (Shabbas 33a-39b) Comment The peculiar story of R’Shimon ben Yochai’s betrayal, his miraculous sustenance, and the deadly power he develops is a chilling tale, perhaps calculated to humble the uneducated so they will not dare to challenge rabbinic … Continue reading

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Gratuitous Hatred and Other Storms

Dapim 90-95 (Shabbas 27a-32b) Comment Talmud study continued through the devastation and recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Two marathons that have not been cancelled: restoring the grid and studying Talmud. I am typing these notes from a public terminal in a … Continue reading

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