Monthly Archives: January 2013

Extending the Middle Finger

Daf 154-158 (Shabbat 91a-95b) Comment The mishnah notes that Biblical law only penalizes for carrying on Shabbes “in a normal manner.” The gemara rejects the suggestion that modes of carrying that are customary for a particular village but would be regarded as … Continue reading

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From where do we know . . . ?

Daf 147-153 (Shabbat 84a-90b) Comment The central question, rarely asked, emerges on folio 85– “How do we know that that which the rabbis determined is something to be relied upon?” Several rabbinic ordinances are examined whose sources are not clear … Continue reading

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