Torah Sparks

United Synagogue (USCJ) is proud and delighted to bring you Torah Sparks, with insights and learning materials on the Parasha (Torah portion) of the week. Torah Sparks is produced by the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Each week there will be a Dvar Torah - a discussion on some aspect of the reading, by CY faculty, alumni and friends; a Vort - a short thought from Chasidic rebbes or other thinkers about some point in the text; and Table Talk - questions to stimulate discussion on the Parsha around the Shabbat table. Torah Sparks is available here on the Conservative Yeshiva's Shiurim Online Beit Midrash website, as well as by subscription to weekly graphical emails. Please select the Parasha you would like to see - it will display articles from each year. A printable PDF is linked at the end of each week's presentation.

Avodah Zarah 21-30

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Aleph, Part 1

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Aleph, Part 1 Reading for Sunday, November 5 Avodah Zarah 21-1   Introduction Today’s section is the last mishnah of the chapter. It discusses selling houses and fields to idolaters in the land of Israel and in the surrounding areas.     מתני׳ אין משכירין […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Aleph, Part 3

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Aleph, Part 3 Reading for Tuesday, November 7 Avodah Zarah 21-3   Introduction We continue explaining the Mishnah.   בחוץ לארץ וכו’: שדה דאית ביה תרתי גזרו בהו רבנן בתים דלית בהו תרתי לא גזרו בהו רבנן:   Outside of the land, houses may be […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Aleph, Part 4

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Aleph, Part 4 Reading for Wednesday, November 8 Avodah Zarah 21-4   Introduction We continue explaining the mishnah.   ובחו”ל מוכרין וכו’: מאי טעמא כיון דמרחק לא גזרינן   But abroad, the one as well as the other may be sold. What is the reason? […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Aleph, Part 5

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Aleph, Part 5 Reading for Thursday, November 9 Avodah Zarah 21-5     ובכל מקום לא ישכור וכו’: תניא רבן שמעון בן גמליאל אומר לא ישכור אדם מרחצו לעובד כוכבים מפני שנקרא על שמו ועובד כוכבים זה עושה בו מלאכה בשבתות ובימים טובים   In […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Aleph, Part 6

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Aleph, Part 6 Reading for Friday, November 10 Avodah Zarah 21-6     Introduction Today’s sugya contains another baraita in which R. Shimon b. Elazar discusses renting to a Samaritan.   תניא ר”ש בן אלעזר אומר לא ישכיר אדם שדהו לכותי מפני שנקראת על שמו […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Bet, Part 1

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Bet, Part 1 Reading for Sunday, November 12 Avodah Zarah 22-1   Introduction Today’s sugya deals with cases of partnerships between Jews and non-Jews where the Jew takes the profit from what is permitted to him (for instance, the work done on Sunday) and the […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Bet, Part 2

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Bet, Part 2 Reading for Monday, November 13 Avodah Zarah 22-2     Introduction This mishnah teaches that non-Jewish idol worshippers are suspected of several heinous sins:  bestiality, sexual licentiousness and murder.  This mishnah adopts a very harsh attitude towards the idolaters at the time.  […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Bet, Part 3

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Bet, Part 3 Reading for Tuesday, November 14 Avodah Zarah 22-3   גמ׳ ורמינהי לוקחין מהן בהמה לקרבן ואין חוששין לא משום רובע ולא משום נרבע ולא משום מוקצה ולא משום נעבד בשלמא מוקצה ונעבד אם איתא דאקצייה ואם איתא דפלחיה לא הוה מזבין ליה […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Bet, Part 4

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Bet, Part 4 Reading for Wednesday, November 15 Avodah Zarah 22-4   Introduction Today’s section continues to discuss baraitot about concerns that non-Jews engage in bestiality.   אלא הא דתניא לוקחין בהמה מרועה שלהן ליחוש דלמא רבעה לה רועה שלהן מתיירא משום הפסד שכר   […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Bet, Part 5

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Bet, Part 5 Reading for Thursday, November 16 Avodah Zarah 22-5   Introduction This is a continuation of the discussion of the issue of leaving animals with non-Jews. In a baraita on 15b it was stated that a Jew should not leave even female animals […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Bet, Part 6

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Bet, Part 6 Reading for Friday, November 17 Avodah Zarah 22-6   Introduction Do non-Jews have sex with birds?   איבעיא להו עופות מאי? תא שמע דאמר רב יהודה אמר שמואל משום רבי חנינא אני ראיתי עובד כוכבים שלקח אווז מן השוק רבעה חנקה צלאה […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Daled, Part 1

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Daled, Part 1 Reading for Sunday, November 26 Avodah Zarah 24-1   Introduction This week’s daf continues discussing the red heifer.   אמר מר ישראל היו משמרין אותה משעה שנולדה וניחוש דלמא רבעי לאמא כי הוה מעברה דאמר רבא וולד הנוגחת אסורה היא וולדה נגחו […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Daled, Part 2

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Daled, Part 2 Reading for Monday, November 27 Avodah Zarah 24-2   Introduction The discussion now goes back to R. Eliezer’s position that no sacrifices may be accepted from non-Jews.   יתיב ר’ אמי ורבי יצחק נפחא אקלעא דר’ יצחק נפחא פתח חד מינייהו ואמר […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Daled, Part 3

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Daled, Part 3 Reading for Tuesday, November 28 Avodah Zarah 24-3   Introduction The sugya continues to discuss the acceptability of sacrifices brought from non-Jews.   מיתיבי (שמות י, כה) ויאמר משה גם אתה תתן בידנו זבחים ועולות קודם מתן תורה שאני   They raised […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Daled, Part 4

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Daled, Part 4 Reading for Wednesday, November 29 Avodah Zarah 24-4   Introduction The sugya continues to discuss the issue of offering sacrifices bought or received from non-Jews.   ת”ש (שמואל ב כד, כב) ויאמר ארונה אל דוד יקח ויעל אדוני המלך (את) הטוב בעיניו […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Daled, Part 5

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Daled, Part 5 Reading for Thursday, November 30 Avodah Zarah 24-5   Introduction Our sugya offers another resolution of the contradiction between the mishnah which did not allow a Jew to leave his animals alone with a non-Jew for fear of bestiality and the baraita […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Daled, Part 6

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Daled, Part 6 Reading for Friday, December 1 Avodah Zarah 24-6     Introduction In yesterday’s sugya we encountered a verse about the cattle who were on their way to Bet Shemesh while the ark was being returned to the Israelites in the beginning of […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 1

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 1 Reading for Sunday, November 19 Avodah Zarah 23-1   Introduction The mishnah prohibited allowing one to let non-Jews be alone with one’s animals out of fear of bestiality. In contrast, the baraita allowed one to buy animals from non-Jews for sacrifices, and […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 2

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 2 Reading for Monday, November 20 Avodah Zarah 23-2.docx     Introduction Pedat here offers another resolution to the contradiction between the source that forbids women from being alone with non-Jews and the baraita that allowed Jews to buy animals from them and […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 3

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 3 Reading for Tuesday, November 21 Avodah Zarah 23-3     Introduction Yesterday R. Pedat suggested that the dispute between R. Eliezer and the sages over whether one can buy a red heifer from a non-Jew was based on a dispute whether we […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 4

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 4 Reading for Wednesday, November 22 Avodah Zarah 23-4     Introduction The Talmud now digresses for a bit to discuss why bestiality disqualifies the red heifer (bet you’ve been wondering about that for a while now).   ע”כ לא פליגי אלא בחששא […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 5

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 5 Reading for Thursday, November 23 Avodah Zarah 23-5     Introduction This section returns to discussing an issue referred to above—can the red heifer be bought from non-Jews?   גופא תני שילא מ”ט דרבי אליעזר דכתיב (במדבר יט, ב) דבר אל בני […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 6

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Gimmel, Part 6 Reading for Friday, November 24 Avodah Zarah 23-6     Introduction The Talmud returns to why R. Eliezer does not allow one to buy a red heifer from a non-Jew. To recall, earlier we said that this was because of the word […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Heh, Part 1

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Heh, Part 1 Reading for Sunday, December 3 Avodah Zarah 25-1   (יהושע י, יג) וידום השמש וירח עמד עד יקום גוי אויביו הלא היא כתובה על ספר הישר. מאי ספר הישר? א”ר חייא בר אבא א”ר יוחנן זה ספר אברהם יצחק ויעקב שנקראו ישרים […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Heh, Part 2

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Heh, Part 2 Reading for Monday, December 4 Avodah Zarah 25-2   Introduction The Talmud continues to discuss how long the sun stood still for Joshua.   ר’ אלעזר אמר שלשים ושית אזיל שית וקם תריסר אזיל שית וקם תריסר עמידתו כיום תמים.   Elazar […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Heh, Part 3

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Heh, Part 3 Reading for Tuesday, December 5 Avodah Zarah 25-3   Introduction Our sugya talks about other cases in Jewish history where the sun stood still.   תנא כשם שעמדה לו חמה ליהושע כך עמדה לו חמה למשה ולנקדימון בן גוריון יהושע קראי נקדימון […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Heh, Part 4

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Heh, Part 4 Reading for Wednesday, December 6 Avodah Zarah 25-4     Introduction Above in section 1 the Talmud cited a section of Joshua that refers to Sefer Hayashar. This book is referred to elsewhere in the Bible. The Talmud now explains what these […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Heh, Part 5

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Heh, Part 5 Reading for Thursday, December 7 Avodah Zarah 25-5   Introduction Today’s sugya finally moves on to the next section of the Mishnah-the prohibition of leaving a woman alone with non-Jews out of fear that they will have sex.   לא תתייחד אשה […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Heh, Part 6

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Heh, Part 6 Reading for Friday, December 8 Avodah Zarah 25-6   Introduction Today’s section begins to deal with the prohibition of a man being left alone with non-Jews. The fear here is that they will murder him.   לא יתייחד אדם עמהן: ת”ר ישראל […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Het, Part 1

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Het, Part 1 Reading for Sunday, December 24 Avodah Zarah 28-1   Introduction This week’s daf continues discussing what type of wound one may break Shabbat in order to heal.   אמר רב זוטרא בר טוביה אמר רב כל מכה שצריכה אומד מחללין עליה את […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Het, Part 2

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Het, Part 2 Reading for Monday, December 25 Avodah Zarah 28-2   Introduction Yesterday we learned that R. Yohanan was healed by a non-Jew. Our sugya asks how he could do this.   ורבי יוחנן היכי עביד הכי? והאמר רבה בר בר חנה אמר רבי […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Het, Part 3

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Het, Part 3 Reading for Tuesday, December 26 Avodah Zarah 28-3   Introduction Most of this section is full of ancient cures for various skin afflictions.     אמר שמואל האי פדעתא סכנתא היא ומחללין עליה את השבת מאי אסותא למיפסק דמא תחלי בחלא לאסוקי […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Het, Part 4

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Het, Part 4 Reading for Wednesday, December 27 Avodah Zarah 28-4     Introduction Basically this whole section is a description of remedies for earaches. I’m not going to comment below because I don’t really understand a thing, but it would be good for us […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Het, Part 5

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Het, Part 5 Reading for Thursday, December 28 Avodah Zarah 28-5     Introduction Today’s sugya deals with eye injuries.   אמר רבה בר זוטרא אמר רבי חנינא מעלין אזנים בשבת תני רב שמואל בר יהודה ביד אבל לא בסם איכא דאמרי בסם אבל לא […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Het, Part 6

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Het, Part 6 Reading for Friday, December 29 Avodah Zarah 28-6     Introduction Today’s sugya continues dealing with painting one’s eye in order to heal it on Shabbat.   רב יהודה שרא למיכחל עינא בשבת. אמר להו רב שמואל בר יהודה מאן ציית ליהודה […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Tet, Part 1

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Tet, Part 1 Reading for Sunday, December 31 Avodah Zarah 29-1   Introduction This sugya contains more advice as to what food is healthy and what food is not.   ת”ר המקיז דם לא יאכל חגב”ש לא חלב ולא גבינה ולא בצלים ולא שחלים. אם […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Tet, Part 2

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Tet, Part 2 Reading for Monday, January 1 Avodah Zarah 29-2   Introduction Today’s sugya discusses the next section of the mishnah—the prohibition of receiving a hair cut from non-Jews out of fear that they will kill us.   ואין מסתפרין מהן בכל מקום: ת”ר […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Tet, Part 3

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Tet, Part 3 Reading for Tuesday, January 2 Avodah Zarah 29-3   Introduction This mishnah lists things that belong to non-Jews that may not be used by Jews, for fear that the Jew will be using something that has previously been used in idol worship. […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Tet, Part 4

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Tet, Part 4 Reading for Wednesday, January 3 Avodah Zarah 29-4   Introduction This mishnah contains a discussion between Rabbi Ishmael and Rabbi Joshua concerning the prohibition of non-Jewish cheese.   אמר ר’ יהודה  שאל ר’ ישמעאל את רבי יהושע כשהיו מהלכין בדרך אמר לו […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Tet, Part 5

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Tet, Part 5 Reading for Thursday, January 4 Avodah Zarah 29-5   Introduction Today’s sugya derives the source for the prohibition of deriving benefit from libated wine. We should note that this is only wine that was actually used in idolatrous ritual. Wine that belonged […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Tet, Part 6

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Tet, Part 6 Reading for Friday, January 5 Avodah Zarah 29-6   Introduction Today’s learning discusses the status of vinegar and cooked wine that belong to a non-Jew.   והחומץ של עובדי כוכבים שהיה מתחלתו יין: פשיטא משום דאחמיץ פקע ליה איסוריה! אמר רב אשי […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Vav, Part 1

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Vav, Part 1 Reading for Sunday, December 10 Avodah Zarah 26-1   Introduction This week’s daf begins with a new mishnah dealing with issues of midwifery and nursing.   מתני׳ בת ישראל לא תיילד את הנכרית מפני שמילדת בן לעבודה זרה אבל נכרית מילדת בת […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Vav, Part 2

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Vav, Part 2 Reading for Monday, December 11 Avodah Zarah 26-2   Introduction Today’s section discusses the prohibition of nursing each other’s children.   בת ישראל לא תניק תנו רבנן בת ישראל לא תניק בנה של נכרית מפני שמגדלת בן לעבודה זרה ונכרית לא תניק […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Vav, Part 3

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Vav, Part 3 Reading for Tuesday, December 12 Avodah Zarah 26-3   Introduction The sugya continues discussing the issue of acting as a midwife or nursing a non-Jew.   ורמינהו יהודית מילדת ארמית בשכר אבל לא בחנם אמר רב יוסף בשכר שרי משום איבה.   […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Vav, Part 4

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Vav, Part 4 Reading for Wednesday, December 13 Avodah Zarah 26-4   Introduction Yesterday’s sugya introduced the issue of people who are “not saved from a pit,” but are not pushed in. Our sugya discusses people who may even be thrown into a pit. A […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Vav, Part 5

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Vav, Part 5 Reading for Thursday, December 14 Avodah Zarah 26-5   Introduction Today’s sugya discusses the meaning of the word that I have rendered “apostate.” In Hebrew the words is “meshumad.” The term I have translated as “heretic” is “min.” All sources agree that […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Vav, Part 6

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Vav, Part 6 Reading for Friday, December 15 Avodah Zarah 26-6   Introduction Today’s sugya discusses whether non-Jews may circumcise Jews.   תנו רבנן ישראל מל את הגוי לשום גר לאפוקי לשום מורנא דלא וגוי לא ימול ישראל מפני שחשודין על שפיכות דמים דברי רבי […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Zayin, Part 1

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Zayin, Part 1 Reading for Sunday, December 17 Avodah Zarah 27-1   Introduction Last week’s daf ended with R. Judah ruling that a Samaritan may circumcise a Jew. This week’s daf continues that discussion.   וסבר רבי יהודה כותי שפיר דמי והתניא ישראל מל את […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Zayin, Part 2

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Zayin, Part 2 Reading for Monday, December 18 Avodah Zarah 27-2   Introduction Today’s sugya continues discussing circumcision performed by non-Jews.   איתמר מנין למילה בעובד כוכבים שהיא פסולה? דרו בר פפא משמיה דרב אמר ואתה את בריתי תשמור ורבי יוחנן המול ימול   It […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Zayin, Part 3

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Zayin, Part 3 Reading for Tuesday, December 19 Avodah Zarah 27-3   Introduction Today’s sugya begins with a new mishnah that deals with going to a non-Jewish doctor or barber.   מתני׳ מתרפאין מהן ריפוי ממון אבל לא ריפוי נפשות   We may allow them […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Zayin, Part 4

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Zayin, Part 4 Reading for Wednesday, December 20 Avodah Zarah 27-4   אמר רב חסדא אמר מר עוקבא אבל אם אמר לו סם פלוני יפה לו סם פלוני רע לו מותר סבר שיולי משאיל לו כי היכי דמשאיל לו משאיל לאיניש אחרינא ואתא ההוא גברא […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Zayin, Part 5

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Zayin, Part 5 Reading for Thursday, December 21 Avodah Zarah 27-5   Introduction The sugya continues to discuss whether one may receive healing from a non-Jew if he is about to die.   מיתיבי לא ישא ויתן אדם עם המינין ואין מתרפאין מהן אפילו לחיי […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Zayin, Part 6

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Kaf Zayin, Part 6 Reading for Friday, December 22 Avodah Zarah 27-6   Introduction This sugya continues to discuss the story that appeared at the end of yesterday’s daf.   אמר מר לא עברת על דברי חביריך שהיו אומרים ופורץ גדר ישכנו נחש איהו נמי חויא […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Lamed Vav, Part 4

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Lamed Vav, Part 4 Reading for Wednesday, February 21 Avodah Zarah 36-4     Introduction The previous sugya presented the prohibition of having relations with Gentiles as being a rabbinic decree. Our sugya asks if it’s actually from the Torah. I should emphasize that the rabbis […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Lamed, Part 1

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Lamed, Part 1 Reading for Sunday, January 7 Avodah Zarah 30-1   Introduction Today’s section discusses laws pertaining to cooked wine and to alontit (explained in the sugya). One of the issues that comes up here is wine (or other liquids) that were left “uncovered.” The […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Lamed, Part 2

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Lamed, Part 2 Reading for Monday, January 8 Avodah Zarah 30-2   Introduction The sugya continues to discuss the issue of cooked wine—is it prohibited because of fear of idolatry? Is it safe to drink it when it was uncovered.   שמואל ואבלט הוו יתבי. אייתו […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Lamed, Part 3

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Lamed, Part 3 Reading for Tuesday, January 9 Avodah Zarah 30-3     Introduction More discussion of the laws of uncovered wine.   שמעיה דרב חלקיה בר טובי איגליא ההוא קיסתא דמיא והוה ניים גבה. אתא לגביה דרב חלקיה בר טובי. א”ל הרי אמרו אימת ישן […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Lamed, Part 4

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Lamed, Part 4 Reading for Wednesday, January 10 Avodah Zarah 30-4     Introduction More discussion of uncovered wine! I told you—they took this subject seriously.   אמר רבא האי חמרא דאקרים עד תלתא יומי יש בו משום גילוי ומשום יין נסך מכאן ואילך אין בו […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Lamed, Part 5

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Lamed, Part 5 Reading for Thursday, January 11 Avodah Zarah 30-5   Introduction We continue to discuss snake poison!   אמר רב ספרא משום ר’ יהושע דרומא שלשה מיני ארס הן של בחור שוקע של בינוני מפעפע ושל זקן צף.   Safra said in the name […]

Avodah Zarah, Daf Lamed, Part 6

To sponsor Daf Shevui, please click here. Avodah Zarah, Daf Lamed, Part 6 Reading for Friday, January 12 Avodah Zarah 30-6   Introduction This is the last piece about uncovered wine!   ת”ר מים שנתגלו הרי זה לא ישפכם ברשות הרבים ולא ירביץ בהן את הבית ולא יגבל בהן את הטיט ולא ישקה מהן לא בהמתו […]

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