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.

Ohalot

Ohalot, Chapter 9, Mishnah 10

Ohalot, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Ten   Mishnah Ten 1)      If it was standing upright in the doorway and there was not a space of one handbreadth between it and the lintel: 2)      If there is uncleanness within it, the house remains clean. 3)      But if there is uncleanness in the house, what is within [the […]

Ohalot, Chapter 9, Mishnah 11

Ohalot, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Eleven   Mishnah Eleven 1)      If it was lying on its side in the open air: 2)      If an olive-sized [portion] of a corpse was placed below it or above it, everything directly below or above the olive-sized [portion] becomes unclean; but everything that is not directly below or above, and […]

Ohalot, Chapter 9, Mishnah 12

Ohalot, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Twelve   Introduction This mishnah continues to deal with the various possibilities of where the impurity will be found vis a vis a hive that is found in the open air (not in the house).   Mishnah Twelve 1)      [In the case where the hive is in the open air] and […]

Ohalot, Chapter 9, Mishnah 13

Ohalot, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Thirteen   Introduction Today’s mishnah discusses cases where a complete hive is outside of the house but instead of lying on its side, it is standing straight up, either right side up or upside down.   Mishnah Thirteen 1)      If it was resting on its bottom and it [retained the status […]

Ohalot, Chapter 9, Mishnah 14

Ohalot, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Fourteen   Mishnah Fourteen 1)      When do these rules apply? When [the hive retains the status of] a vessel. 2)      [In the case of its] being defective, although [the deficiency may be] stopped up with straw, or according to the sages, [in the case of it] containing forty se’ahs, a)      If […]

Ohalot, Chapter 9, Mishnah 15

Ohalot, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Fifteen   Mishnah Fifteen Finally a mishnah that discusses something besides this mysterious hive. Today’s mishnah discusses a coffins of various shapes.   Mishnah Five 1)      A coffin which is broad below and narrow above, and has a corpse within it: a)      A person touching it below remains clean; b)      But […]

Ohalot, Chapter 9, Mishnah 16

Ohalot, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Sixteen   Introduction The final mishnah of our chapter deals with an earthenware jar which cannot be defiled from the outside.   Mishnah Sixteen 1)      A jar resting on its bottom in the open air: 2)      If an olive-sized [portion] of a corpse is placed beneath it or within it directly […]

Ohalot, Chapter 9, Mishnah 2

Ohalot, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Two   Mishnah Two 1)      [In the case of the hive] being one handbreadth high off the ground, 2)      If there is uncleanness below it or in the house or above it, everything becomes unclean except that which is within [the hive]. 3)      [If the uncleanness is] within the hive everything […]

Ohalot, Chapter 9, Mishnah 3

Ohalot, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Three   Mishnah Three 1)      When do these rules apply? When the hive is a vessel and it is loosely placed in the door.  2)      If it is defective, although [it may be] stopped up with straw or it is stuck to the side of the door—What is “stuck? Anything which […]

Ohalot, Chapter 9, Mishnah 4

Ohalot, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Four   Introduction Today’s mishnah continues to discuss the hive that is either defective or stuck firmly into the doorway of the house. Similar to mishnah two, it adds in the scenario of the hive being slightly above ground level.   Mishnah Four [In the case of such a hive] being […]

Ohalot, Chapter 9, Mishnah 5

Ohalot, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Five   Mishnah Five 1)      When do these rules apply? When the mouth [of the hive is pointing] outwards If the mouth is [pointing] inwards [towards the house]: 2)      If an olive-sized portion of the corpse is placed below or above [that part of the hive which is] outside, everything directly […]

Ohalot, Chapter 9, Mishnah 6

Ohalot, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Six   Mishnah Six [In the case of the hive] being one handbreadth high off the ground, If there is uncleanness below it or in the house or above it, everything becomes unclean .   Explanation If the hive is one handbreadth high off the ground, then no matter where the […]

Ohalot, Chapter 9, Mishnah 7

Ohalot, Chapter Five, Mishnah Seven   Mishnah Seven 1)      When do these rules apply? When the hive is a vessel and it is loosely placed in the door.  2)      If it is defective, although [it may be] stopped up with straw or it is stuck to the side of the door—What is “stuck? Anything which […]

Ohalot, Chapter 9, Mishnah 8

Ohalot, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Eight   Mishnah Eight  [In the case of such a hive] being [placed] one handbreadth high off the ground: 1)      If there is uncleanness below it, in the house or inside the hive everything is impure except for above it.   2)      If above [the hive] what is directly above up to […]

Ohalot, Chapter 9, Mishnah 9

Ohalot, Chapter Nine, Mishnah Nine   Introduction The mishnah now explores other possible spatial relationships between the house and the hive. Today’s mishnah discusses what happens if the hive is entirely within the house.   Mishnah Nine 1)      [In the case when the hive] was entirely within the house and there is not a space […]

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