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How Invalid is a Sacrifice That Became Piggul?
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Provided courtesy of Real Clear Daf We learned about this on Sunday’s daf (79a) this week. The topic of the Gemara there is the halacha that, normally, upon slaughtering the Korban Todah animal, its accompanying bread becomes sanctified. The Mishnah lists some cases where the bread doesn’t become sanctified due to a problem with the sacrifice. Now […]
What is the Bracha on Cooked Bread?
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Provided courtesy of Real Clear Daf We learned about this on Wednesday’s daf (75b) this week. Rav Yosef there issues a ruling on “chavitza.”  Rashi interprets chavitza to mean a cooked dish that includes pieces of bread.  Rav Yosef rules that if any of the pieces of bread is a c’zayis, the size of an olive, […]
Does “על” mean “on” or “next to”?
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Provided courtesy of Real Clear Daf Thursday’s daf (62a) discussed this question as it pertains to how the Shavuos lambs and loaves are waved. The Gemara brings several Tannaim who grapple with the contradictory implications in the passuk regarding which part goes on top: initially the passuk implies that the lambs go on top but the […]
Must Tzitzis Start Out as Valid?
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Provided courtesy of Real Clear Daf The Daf that fell out on Yom Kippur discussed this issue. Rav Huna rules that if someone put tzitzis on a three-cornered garment (which has no tzitzis obligation) and then created a fourth corner and added tzitzis to that corner, the tzitzis are not valid. As Rav Huna explains, since […]
Does Nullification Apply to a Mixture of Similar Items?
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Provided courtesy of Real Clear Daf The Daf of last Shabbos gave us the opportunity to review the Mishnah in Zevachim that discusses this question. The Mishnah there discusses a case where some sacrificial blood got mixed in with non-sacrificial blood. If there is a majority of non-sacrificial blood, do we say that the sacrificial blood […]