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.

Chapter 10

Terumot, Chapter 10, Mishnah 1

Terumot, Chapter Ten, Mishnah One   Introduction This chapter deals with terumah that has been placed together in a dish with hullin after it has been cooked, and with whether the whole mixture has to be treated like terumah.   Mishnah One An onion [of terumah] was placed into lentils: 1)      If the onion was […]

Terumot, Chapter 10, Mishnah 2

Terumot, Chapter Ten, Mishnah Two   Mishnah Two 1)      If an apple [of terumah] was chopped and placed into dough [of hullin] so that it leavened it, [the dough] is forbidden.  2)      If barley [of terumah] fell into a cistern of water, though [the barley] stinks up the water, the water is permissible.   Explanation […]

Terumot, Chapter 10, Mishnah 3

Terumot, Chapter Ten, Mishnah Three   Mishnah Three One who removes warm bread from an oven and places it over an open barrel of terumah wine: 1)      Rabbi Meir says: it is forbidden. 2)      Rabbi Judah permits it. 3)      Rabbi Yose permits the bread of wheat but not of barley, because barley absorbs.   Explanation […]

Terumot, Chapter 10, Mishnah 4

Terumot, Chapter Ten, Mishnah Four   Introduction Our mishnah teaches that hullin that absorbs the smell of something that was terumah is still permitted to non-priests.   Mishnah Four If an oven was heated with cumin of terumah and bread was baked in it, the bread is permitted, for there is no taste of cumin, […]

Terumot, Chapter 10, Mishnah 5

Terumot, Chapter Ten, Mishnah Five   Introduction Both the seeds and the stalk of fenugreek can impart flavor to something they are mixed in with. This mishnah deels with fenugreek which falls into a vat of wine.   Mishnah Five Fenugreek which fell into a vat of wine: 1)      If it was terumah or second […]

Terumot, Chapter 10, Mishnah 6

Terumot, Chapter Ten, Mishnah Six   Introduction The mishnah continues to deal with laws concerning fenugreek.   Mishnah Six 1)      If one had bunches of fenugreek of mixed seeds of the vineyard, they must be burned.   2)      If he had bunches of fenugreek of untithed produce, he must beat them and calculate the amount of […]

Terumot, Chapter 10, Mishnah 7

Terumot, Chapter Ten, Mishnah Seven   Introduction This mishnah discusses hullin olives that were pickled together with terumah olives.   Mishnah Seven 1)      Olives of hullin which were pickled together with olives of terumah, whether it was a case where crushed [olives] of hullin [which were pickled together] with crushed [olives] of terumah, or crushed […]

Terumot, Chapter 10, Mishnah 8

Terumot, Chapter Ten, Mishnah Eight   Introduction This mishnah deals with brine that comes from a barrel in which unclean fish were mixed with clean fish.   Mishnah Eight Unclean fish which was pickled with clean fish: 1)      If the jug contains two seahs and the unclean fish weighs ten zuz in Judean measure, which […]

Terumot, Chapter 10, Mishnah 9

Terumot, Chapter Ten, Mishnah Nine   Introduction Leviticus 11:22 states that some locusts can be eaten, but according to the rabbis there are other types of locusts that may not be eaten. In the time of the Mishnah they knew how to tell the difference between the kosher and the non-kosher locusts, but most Jews […]

Terumot, Chapter 10, Mishnah 10

Terumot, Chapter Ten, Mishnah Ten   Introduction This mishnah deals with vegetables that are pickled together.   Mishnah Ten 1)      [Vegetables] pickled together are permitted, except [when pickled] with allium (onions, garlic, leeks).   2)      Allim of hullin [pickled] with allium of terumah, or other vegetables of hullin with leeks of terumah are forbidden. 3)      But […]

Terumot, Chapter 10, Mishnah 11

Terumot, Chapter Ten, Mishnah Eleven   Mishnah Eleven 1)      Rabbi Yose says: Anything stewed with [terumah] beets becomes forbidden, because they impart a flavor. 2)      Rabbi Shimon says: cabbage from a field artificially irrigated [that is stewed] with [terumah] cabbage from a field watered by rain, is forbidden because it absorbs.   3)      Rabbi Akiba says: […]

Terumot, Chapter 10, Mishnah 12

Terumot, Chapter Ten, Mishnah Twelve   Mishnah Twelve 1)      If an egg is boiled with forbidden spices even its yolk is forbidden, because it absorbs.   2)      The water in which terumah has been stewed or pickled is forbidden to non-priests.   Explanation Section one: Even the yoke of an egg will take on the taste […]

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