Monthly Archives: July 2013

Murky Teachings (cont’d)

Daf 355 (Pesachim 32a-32b) Gemara. One who inadvertently eats terumah must replace it, but if the value of the terumah has fluctuated, is he expected to replace it according to the monetary value of what he consumed at the time … Continue reading

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Mortgages and Chametz

Daf 350 (Pesachim 27a-27b) May one benefit from a product produced jointly by a permitted and a forbidden factor? If not from Biblically forbidden factors, may one benefit from a product produced jointly by permitted and rabbinically forbidden factors? The … Continue reading

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Talmud for Trayvon

The dapim of the last few days may be hundreds and hundreds of years old, but even so, reading them now, one could come away with the sense that they were ripped from the headlines. Both the Talmud and the law of … Continue reading

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Forbidden Objects with Benefits?

The origin of any law is either Biblical or rabbinic. If the latter, it may be early or late. There are many gaps in the collective recollection of origins, and questions arise as to whose opinion is being cited and … Continue reading

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Politics In and After the Temple

A few dapin ago, R’Chanina suggested that the Kohanim observed Rabbinic ordinances, which struck this reader as unlikely in actuality but a calculated move in suggesting rabbinic authority over the Temple priests. Today Rav suggests that the Kohanim performed the … Continue reading

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Yes We Have No Chametz

Chametz is not mentioned at all in today’s daf. Daf 339 (Pesachim 16a-16b) There are several related disputes here. Some hold that the prohibition against contaminated beverages is rabbinic, others that it is biblical. If the former opinion holds, then any … Continue reading

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Choosing Between Purity and Loss

There is an underlying abstraction beneath a very technical dispute about commingling contaminated materials. An uncontaminated domain is fit for holy practices, but not if it contains materials that are forbidden for use in holy practices. Even so, it has … Continue reading

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