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Break Free from Inertia (Eruvin 78)

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Our patriarch Yaakov escapes the wrath of his brother, Esau, and heads off to Charan. On the way, he puts his head down to rest for the night. He has a dream. In the dream, there is a ladder that ascends to heaven. And angels run up the ladder and down the ladder.

Suddenly he awakens and declares, “How awesome this place is. This is none other than the house of God and this is the gate of heaven!”

אָמַר רַבָּה אָמַר רַבִּי חִיָּיא: דְּקָלִים שֶׁבְּבָבֶל — אֵינָן צְרִיכִין קֶבַע. מַאי טַעְמָא: כְּבֵידָן קוֹבַעְתָּן. וְרַב יוֹסֵף אָמַר רַבִּי אוֹשַׁעְיָא: סוּלָּמוֹת שֶׁבְּבָבֶל — אֵינָן צְרִיכִין קֶבַע. מַאי טַעְמָא: כְּבֵידָן קוֹבַעְתָּן. מַאן דְּאָמַר סוּלָּמוֹת, כל שֶׁכֵּן דְּקָלִים. וּמַאן דְּאָמַר דְּקָלִים, אֲבָל סוּלָּמוֹת לָא.

Rabba quoted Rabbi Chiya: The trunks of palm trees in Babylonia that were placed next to a wall between two courtyards so that people could climb on them and pass from one courtyard to another (and have a single domain for Shabbat purposes) do not need to be established permanently and attached to the ground. What is the reason for this? Their heaviness considers them fixed in place. Similarly, Rav Yosef quoted Rabbi Oshaya: Ladders in Babylonia do not need to be........

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