Eiruvin

Eiruvin 36b: My Teacher, My Friend

April 26, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The Daf Yomi thought is dedicated by the family of Dr. Solomon Burack, ob"m in observance of his Yahrzeit.  May his memory be for a blessing.   It is well accepted that enacting laws retroactively is most unfair, potentially throwing into chaos that which was done under past laws. However, an action we take today often sheds light on something we did yesterday. While an eiruv techumim...
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Eiruvin 31a: Home Sweet Home

April 24, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Both an eiruv techumim, which allows one to walk an additional 2,000 cubits (approximately 1 kilometre) outside of the city limits, and an eiruv chatzerot, which allows us to carry on Shabbat, require the placement of food in a designated spot. The food must be edible, a requirement that would exclude tevel[1], food from which tithes (terumah and ma'ase...
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Eiruvin 32a: Time to Sin

April 21, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
At times, what seems like a very technical debate on some (even no longer relevant) aspect of Jewish law is, in reality, part of much larger and more fundamental debate about a key aspect of Jewish thought. Part and parcel of the laws of kashrut is the obligation to tithe our produce. Our sages teach that failure to do so makes one susceptible to "death at the hands of heaven"-making it a more serious violation of...
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Eiruvin 26b: Rules Are Made to Be Broken

April 21, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The Talmud as a whole, and especially the Mishna, is first and foremost a vast corpus of Jewish law. Yet in studying this wide-ranging text, one would be hard-pressed to find any material on Jewish legal theory. Jewish law is primarily case-based, and a legal theorist would find the Talmudic approach most unusual. Occasionally, the Talmud will summarize a series of laws with the statement, zeh hakelal ("this is the...
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Eiruvin 21b: Rabbi Akiva's Water

April 10, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
It is hard to imagine one more dedicated to Torah than Rabbi Akiva. Despite the fact that he did not start learning until the age of forty (or more likely, because of this), his diligence was unsurpassed. It was to his Beit Midrash that Moshe Rabbeinu was transported from Sinai, as it was Rabbi Akiva who would derive "mountains and mountains of law" from the crowns on top of the letters in the Torah (Menachot 29b)....
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