Monthly Archives: February 2011

Zevachim 110b – Halakha li’Moshe mi’Sinai and Strange Groupings

The Gemara (110b) states in the name of R. Nechunya that a number of practices are based on a halakha li’Moshe mi’Sinai: עשר נטיעות, ערבה, וניסוך המים – the allowance to work a field, up until the very start of the Shmita … Continue reading

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Zevachim 105 – Weakened or Transferred Tumah?

The Gemara Zevachim (105a) discusses the status of the impurity of the carcass or meat of parim ha’nisrafim.  We know that the people involved in burning them and taking them out of the camp, i.e., Jerusalem, become tamei, but what happens … Continue reading

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Zevachim 104-105 – The Burnt Cows and Goats

The end of the 12th perek turns its attention to the rituals and laws of the parim and seirim ha’nisrafim, the burnt cows and goats.   These are all chataot, sin offerings, and consist of the (1) the two cow chataot in Vayikra 4:1-21, the chatat brought when … Continue reading

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Zevachim 102b – Torah in the Bathroom?

Who Is Excluded? – Mikdash and Torah The Gemara (102b) ends its discussion of the Kohanim who are not entitled to a portion of the daily sacrifices with an analysis of R. Elazar ben R. Shimon.   We had learned that … Continue reading

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Zevachim 97b and 100a – Met Mitzvah and Mitzvot in the Mikdash

Personal versus Collective Responsibility The daf yomi this week, in two places, addresses the issue of personal versus collective responsibility.  In Zevachim (97b), the Gemara asks why a Kohen cannot eat the meat of a sacrifice that has absorbed the … Continue reading

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