Back in the Saddle Again

Daf 159-165 (Shabbat 96a-102b)


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 keeping good notes, but I have fallen behind in posting my notes here. I’m going to attempt to catch up over the next few weeks. Fasten your seat belts!


Daf 159 (Shabbat 96a-96b)

Amoraim argue over how large a hole must be for a potted plant to be considered attached to the ground.

Perek 11. Mishnah. Here are the rules for throwing and passing by hand on Shabbes.

Gemara, The gemara seeks the Biblical sources for the law declared in the mishnah.

Daf 160 (Shabbat 97a-97b)

The gemara seeks to determine if some teachings of R’Akiva were “a tradition from his teachers reaching back to Sinai.” R’Yehudah ben Beseirah says they are not.

The rabbis question whether an object tossed from one private domain to another “comes to rest” upon entering the air space of the public domain that separates them.

Daf 161 (Shabbat 98a-98b)

It is apparently permissible to transfer an object four amos in a roofed public domain because such a domain does not resemble the Israelites’ encampment, Therefore, the rabbis seek to determine the dimensions of the walls and curtains of the Tabernacle tent.

Daf 162 (Shabbat 99a-99b)

Mishnah. Pits of certain dimensions are considered to be private domains.

Gemara. baraisa suggests that a cistern of the same dimensions is likewise a private domain, and goes on to explore other hypothetical, albeit unlikely, possible transfers across domains.

Daf 163 (Shabbat 100a-100b)

Is oil floating on wine comparable to a nut in a vessel floating on water?

Mishnah. Here is the law for the distance it is permissible to throw an object in a public domain.

Gemara, The gemara asks if it makes a difference if the object bounces off a wall, or sticks to the wall.

Mushnah. Here is the modification of the law to account for when an object is thrown less than the prohibited distance but propelled further by the wind.

Gemara. The gemara seeks to understand the case where the object is thrown further than the permitted distance but driven back by the wind before it comes to rest on the ground.

Mishnah. Here is the first rule related to throwing an object into a body of water.

Gemara. The gemara questions whether a shallowbody of water is always a public domain.

Mishnah. Here are rules related to throwing objects from dry land to the sea and from the sea to dry land or from one ship to another.

Gemara. The gemara questions whether one aboard a boat is permitted to draw water from the sea on Shabbes.

Daf 164 (Shabbat 101a-101b)

“Will a partition erected on the Sabbath indeed permit carrying?” According to Rav Nachman, such a partition permits throwing, but not carrying. The gemara asks, “When was Rav Nachman’s ruling said? It was said only with regard to partitions erected in deliberate violation of the Sabbath,” i.e., he permitted carrying for a partition rehung on Shabbes.

Daf 165 (Shabbat 102a-102b)

Mishnah. Here is a rule on how to assess the “degree of inadvertence” of a violation of a Shabbes prohibition: “All who are liable . . . are not liable unless the commencement of their misdeed and its completion were both an inadvertence.”

Gemara. The gemara wonders if there is perhaps text missing from this mishnah.

Perek 12. Mishnah. Here is a rule on the limits of building on Shabbes: “Anyone who performs labor, and his labor endures, if he performed it on the Sabbath, he is liable.”

Gemara. The gemara seeks examples that illustrate minimal construction.

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