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Sifting our words (Daf Yomi Pesachim 7)

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“No conclusive proof has been found for either side of this debate.”

So much of what I have read in the Talmud to date is about workarounds and contingencies. It can be argued that the entire Tractate Eruvin is a discussion about workarounds established through the construction of an eruv on Shabbat. It is an acknowledgement that we are not perfect, and can be forgetful, and a leavened crumb or two may be missed when a religious home is swept ahead of Shabbat (which we are told should be done during the second half of the fourteenth of Nisan.)

Today’s Daf Yomi considers the issue of nullification of leaven. If one is to nullify leaven from a distance – perhaps because he is sheltering-in-place away from his home during the coronavirus lock-down or is so enraptured with his Torah study that he forgot to remove a crumb from a forsaken corner of his home – he should do so during the fourth of fifth hour on the fourteenth of Nisan. The fourth hour is described as a “nondescript point in time” when there is particular danger “that perhaps he will be negligent and will not render it null and void, and the leaven will remain in his possession.” The fifth hour serves as the last call for rendering the leaven null and void.

From the beginning of the sixth hour onward, leaven is prohibited by Rabbinic law. Leaven is prohibited by Torah law from the end of the sixth hour. And so, we return to the discussion of how lenient one can be with following Rabbinic law, which is designed as a........

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