Thoughts from the Daf

Eiruvin 80b: Fighting Over a Crust of Bread

June 10, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
For thousands of years, a meal was defined by the eating of bread. Not only as did bread serve as an appetizer, the main course itself was consumed with bread. The term lelafet et hapat, to spread the food on the bread, is a fair indication of how most foods were eaten, and we can readily understand why korbanot were generally accompanied with loaves of bread. The command to eat the korban Pesach with “bread...
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Eiruvin 69b: Following in Parents' Footsteps

June 06, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
I dedicate the thought below to the memory of my mother, Rachel bat Chaim (Ruth Kelman) z”l, whose yahrzeit we observe today. May we celebrate smachot.    Based on the extensive discussion in the Talmud, it would appear that someone neglecting to contribute some food—a necessary component for the establishment of an eiruv—was a common occurrence.  As we have previously noted, in such a...
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Eiruvin 69: One Big Happy Family

June 03, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The concept behind an eiruv is that the people making it join together as one large household. Each household contributes some food, which is put in a common area, and all are welcome to come and eat. The area within the eiruv must be enclosed, and there is much Talmudic discussion on what exactly constitutes an enclosure. The typical Talmud eiruv was made in a courtyard of no more than a few homes; occasionally, a...
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Eiruvin 65: Extracurricular Reading

May 29, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One of the key components of the legal discussions of the Talmud is the bringing of proof texts to support a given position. At times, the proof texts are from the Torah; at times from Nevi’im; and at times from Ketuvim. At all times, they lend authority to a stated position.   “Rav Chiya the son of Ashi said in the name of Rav: Whosever mind is not settled should not pray, as it says, ‘in distress one should not give...
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Eiruvin 64a-65a: L'Chaim, Yom Kippur, and Sin

May 27, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One of the methods used to help people remember those whom they meet is the mnemonic device of associating the person with some easy-to-remember concept. By linking the new with the known, we increase our capacity to retain that new information. For our Sages, there was no better association than that of Torah. "When Rabbi Abba the son of Shumni and Rav Menashia the son of Yirmiya from Gifti were talking leave of each other on the banks of...
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