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.


Hullin, Chapter 8, Mishnah 1

Hullin, Chapter Eight, Mishnah One   Introduction Three times the Torah states, “Do not seethe a kid in its mother’s milk.” While the Torah speaks specifically about cooking a kid in its own mother’s milk, all of the rabbis agree that the prohibition is much broader. First of all, it applies to the meat and […]

Hullin, Chapter 8, Mishnah 2

Hullin, Chapter Eight, Mishnah Two   Mishnah Two 1)      A person may wrap up meat and cheese in one cloth, provided they do not touch one another. 2)      Rabban Shimon ben Gamaliel says: two people at an inn may eat at the same table, the one meat and the other cheese, without concern.   Explanation […]

Hullin, Chapter 8, Mishnah 3

Hullin, Chapter Eight, Mishnah Three   Mishnah Three 1)      If a drop of milk fell on a piece of meat and it imparted a flavor into that piece, it is forbidden. 2)      If he stirred up the pot, then it is forbidden only if [the drop of milk] imparted a flavor into [all that was […]

Hullin, Chapter 8, Mishnah 4

Hullin, Chapter Eight, Mishnah Four   Introduction Strictly speaking, the Torah prohibits boiling only a kid (a baby goat) in its mother’s milk. As I stated in the introduction to this chapter, all rabbis agree that the prohibition is broader. In our mishnah there are two arguments: 1) whether or not the prohibition includes fowl […]

Hullin, Chapter 8, Mishnah 5

Hullin, Chapter Eight, Mishnah Five   Introduction Today’s mishnah deals with the milk that is found inside the stomach of an animal. This sour milk contains enzymes that were used to curdle milk and make cheese. Similarly, the lining of the stomach was also used in this process.    Mishnah Five 1)      The [milk in […]

Hullin, Chapter 8, Mishnah 6

Hullin, Chapter Eight, Mishnah Six   Introduction The last mishnah in our chapter has nothing to do with the subject of milk and meat. It deals with the prohibitions of forbidden fat (helev) and blood and compares the applicability of the two.   Mishnah Six 1)      In certain respects the prohibition of the fat is […]

Hullin, Chapter 9, Mishnah 1

Hullin, Chapter Nine, Mishnah One   Introduction The ninth chapter deals with two different forms of uncleanness: 1) food-uncleanness and 2) nevelah uncleanness. There are some differences between the two forms of uncleanness. Food that is unclean can cause other food to become unclean if there is the amount of an egg of food, whereas […]

Hullin, Chapter 9, Mishnah 2

Hullin, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Two   Introduction In yesterday’s mishnah we learned that the skin is not treated as part of the flesh, as far as transmitting nevelah-uncleanness. That is to say, in order for there to be an olive’s worth of flesh to convey nevelah-uncleanness, there must be meat and not skin. Our mishnah […]

Hullin, Chapter 9, Mishnah 3

Hullin, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Three   Introduction Our mishnah discusses how long a hide that is being flayed from an animal is considered to be part of the animal. The importance of this issue is for matters of purity: if it is considered to be connected to the animal, then it conveys impurity to the […]

Hullin, Chapter 9, Mishnah 4

Hullin, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Four   Mishnah Four 1)      A hide which had an olive’s bulk of [unclean] flesh clinging to it, one who touches a shred hanging from it, or a hair that was opposite to it, he becomes unclean. 2)      If there were two pieces of flesh attached to it, each the size […]

Hullin, Chapter 9, Mishnah 5

Hullin, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Five   Mishnah Five 1)      With regard to a thigh-bone of a corpse or a thigh-bone of a consecrated animal, he who touches it, whether it be stopped up or pierced, becomes unclean. 2)      With regard to a thighbone of a nevelah or of a [dead] sheretz, if it was stopped […]

Hullin, Chapter 9, Mishnah 6

Hullin, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Six   Mishnah Six 1)      The egg of a sheretz in which there has formed an embryo is clean. a)      If it was pierced, however small the hole was, it is unclean. 2)      A mouse which is half flesh and half earth, if a man touched the flesh he becomes unclean, […]

Hullin, Chapter 9, Mishnah 7

Hullin, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Seven   Mishnah Seven 1)      Limbs or pieces of flesh which hang loose from a [living] animal are susceptible to food uncleanness while they are in their place.    2)      And [in order to become unclean] they must be first rendered susceptible to uncleanness.  3)      If the animal was slaughtered, they […]

Hullin, Chapter 9, Mishnah 8

Hullin, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Eight   Introduction This mishnah continues the discussion about hanging limbs and pieces of flesh.  Whereas yesterday’s mishnah discussed an animal, today’s mishnah discusses a human being.   Mishnah Eight 1)      A limb or a piece of flesh which hangs loose from a person are clean. 2)      If the man died, […]

Introduction to Tractate Hullin

Introduction to Tractate Hullin   Hullin means non-sanctified things. As the name of our tractate it refers to non-sacrificial meat, the topic that most of our tractate deals with. It is indeed the opposite of what Seder Kodashim is all about—holy meat. The meat in our tractate is thus called by what it is not. […]

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