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Speaking sincerely (Daf Yomi Pesachim 3)

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24.11.2020

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And that which my lips know they shall speak sincerely.”

What I have mostly gleaned from today’s Daf Yomi reading is that night is day and day is night in the Talmud. And it all hinges on the interpretation of the word “or” which represents choices in the English language. In yesterday’s reading the consensus leaned toward the word “or” meaning light and day, but today it appears that there is just as strong an argument that it represents night. And it is evident two days into the new Tractate, that this one will be as meandering as previous ones and discuss seemingly unrelated concepts that will take a quite a lot of studying in order to find the connectors. But the connectors exist.

We wander through a discussion of a woman who miscarries “on or of” the eighty first day after her previous childbirth and if she is obligated to offer a second offering. We are told that one offering suffices for both the birth and the miscarriage and she is free to recover from psychic and body pain without the obligation to return to the Temple. At least that is the opinion of Beit Shammai. Beit Hillel, who usually takes the more liberal stance, would require a second offering,

We also analyze the meaning of the word “or” through a discussion of a peace-offering, which must be eaten within two days, but may or may not be eaten on the third day. If one follows the logic, the night follows the day and as a result, one may eat the peace-offering on the night after the second day.

Shmuel comes down firmly on the side of the word “or” representing evening. He is quoted as teaching that “on the evening of the fourteenth of Nisan, one searches for leavened bread by candlelight.”........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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