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.

Kelim

Kelim, Chapter 8, Mishnah 3

Kelim, Chapter Eight, Mishnah Three   Mishnah Three 1)      Netting placed over the mouth of an oven and slightly sinking into it, and having no frame: a)      If a sheretz was in it, the oven becomes unclean; b)      If the sheretz was in the oven, the food in the netting becomes unclean, since only vessels […]

Kelim, Chapter 8, Mishnah 4

Kelim, Chapter Eight, Mishnah Four   Mishnah Four 1)      A pot which was placed in an oven—if a sheretz was in the oven, the pot remains clean since an earthen vessel does not impart impurity to vessels. 2)      If it contained dripping liquid, the latter contracts impurity and the pot also becomes unclean.   a)      It […]

Kelim, Chapter 8, Mishnah 5

Kelim, Chapter Eight, Mishnah Five   Mishnah Five 1)      If a rooster that swallowed a sheretz fell within the air-space of an oven, the oven remains clean;   2)      If the rooster died, the oven becomes unclean.   3)      If a sheretz was found in an oven, any bread in it contracts second degree impurity since the […]

Kelim, Chapter 8, Mishnah 6

Kelim, Chapter Eight, Mishnah Six   Mishnah Six 1)      A leavening pot with a tightly fitting lid which was put in an oven, and there was some leaven and a sheretz within the pot, but there was a partition (of inedible bread) between them, the oven is unclean but the leaven is clean. 2)      But […]

Kelim, Chapter 8, Mishnah 7

Kelim, Chapter Eight, Mishnah Seven   Mishnah Seven 1)      A sheretz which was found in the eye-hole of an oven or of a double stove or of a single stove: If it was outside the inner edge, it is clean.   2)      If it [the oven] was in the open air, even if it was an […]

Kelim, Chapter 8, Mishnah 8

Kelim, Chapter Eight, Mishnah Eight   Mishnah Eight 1)      If a sheretz was found in the [place in a stove] where wood is put: a)      Rabbi Judah says: if it was within the outer edge, [the stove] becomes unclean.   b)      But the sages say: if it was outside the inner edge [the stove] remains clean.   […]

Kelim, Chapter 8, Mishnah 9

Kelim, Chapter Eight, Mishnah Ten   Mishnah Ten 1)      A pit which has a place on which a pot may be set is unclean. 2)      And so also an oven of glass-blowers, if it has a place on which a pot may be set, it is unclean.   3)      The furnace of lime-burners, or of glaziers, […]

Kelim, Chapter 9, Mishnah 1

Kelim, Chapter Nine, Mishnah One   Introduction This mishnah deals with a needle or a ring (metal vessels) that are found in certain places, and with the question of whether or not they have become impure.   Mishnah One 1)      If a needle or a ring was found in the ground of an oven, and […]

Kelim, Chapter 9, Mishnah 2

Kelim, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Two   Mishnah Two 1)      A jar that was full of clean liquids, with a siphon in it, and it had a tightly fitting cover and was in a tent in which there was a corpse: a)      Bet Shammai says: both the jar and the liquids are clean but the siphon […]

Kelim, Chapter 9, Mishnah 3

Kelim, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Three   Mishnah Three 1)     If a sheretz was found beneath the bottom of an oven, the oven remains clean, for I can assume that it fell there while it was still alive and that it died only now.   2)      If a needle or a ring was found beneath the bottom […]

Kelim, Chapter 9, Mishnah 4

Kelim, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Four   Mishnah Four 1)      A sponge which had absorbed unclean liquids and its outer surface became dry and it fell into the air-space of an oven, the oven is unclean, for the liquid would eventually come out. 2)      And the same with regard to a piece of turnip or reed […]

Kelim, Chapter 9, Mishnah 5

Kelim, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Five   Mishnah Five 1)      Potsherds that had been used for unclean liquids which fell into the air-space of an oven, if the oven was heated, it becomes unclean, for the liquid   would eventually come out.   2)      And the same with regard to fresh olive peat, but if it was old, […]

Kelim, Chapter 9, Mishnah 6

Kelim, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Six   Mishnah Six 1)      If olive peat or grape skins had been prepared in conditions of cleanness, and unclean persons trod upon them and afterwards liquids emerged from them, they remain clean, since they had originally been prepared in conditions of cleanness.   2)      If a spindle hook was sunk into […]

Kelim, Chapter 9, Mishnah 7

Kelim, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Seven   Mishnah Seven 1)      If there was netting placed over the mouth of an oven, forming a tightly fitting lid, and a split appeared between the oven and the colander, the minimum size [to allow impurity to enter] is that of the circumference of the tip of an ox goad […]

Kelim, Chapter 9, Mishnah 8

Kelim, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Eight   Introduction Today’s mishnah continues to deal with the topic of how large a hole in an oven can be before it ceases to be considered “tightly closed.” The size of this hole will vary depending upon where in the oven it is located.   Mishnah Eight 1)      If there […]

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