Monthly Archives: February 2013

Subterfuges and Loopholes

Daf 180-186 (Shabbat 117a-123b) Summary Daf 180 (Shabbat 117a-117b) The gemara wonders where it is permissible to carry scrolls once they have been rescued. Mishnah. Here are rules for rescuing other material from a fire on Shabbes (e.g., food): “One may save … Continue reading

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Talmudic Synchronicity

Daf 173-179 (Shabbat 110a-116b) Comment Herein we are told that there is no cure for one who is bit by the snake of the rabbis. This is followed by interactions between snakes and women and tales of castration. Is it any … Continue reading

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Anger and Other Destructive Acts

Daf 166-172 (Shabbat 103a-109b) Comment Morsels to explore: A mishnah dealing with an ambidextrous person. R’Yochanan ben Nuri comparing anger to idolatry. The debate over whether circumcision is a destructive act. Abaye’s protest: “Are you telling me to learn the … Continue reading

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Back in the Saddle Again

Daf 159-165 (Shabbat 96a-102b) Comment You might assume, not having seen a post here since early January, that I fell off the daf yomi wagon. Not true. I’ve been more or less on target for studying a daf a day and … Continue reading

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