Category Archives: Conceptual

Are Oats Really one of the 5 Species of Grain? – When Science and Halakha Collide

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Menachot 64 – Questions from the Field

I recently received an email asking two excellent questions on yesterday’s daf, Menachot 64. I post the questions here, with my answers below. 1. Question: Why would you be permitted to be mechalel Shabbat on erev Pesach in order to flay … Continue reading

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Touching the Mincha to the Altar – Why?

The Mishna (Menachot 60a) lists all the minchas which require hagasha, touching to the corner of the altar, but does not discuss what function this serves.   It also records a debate between R. Shimon and the Tana Kama whether the … Continue reading

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Kohanim becoming Tamei Nowadays – What’s the Story?

Chag Samayach to all on Israel’s 63rd Birthday! In Sunday’s post, we looked at the topic of מחמיץ אחר מחמיץ, and the general question of when the Torah is prohibiting certain actions regardless of their outcome, and when, in contrast, … Continue reading

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Chametz after Chametz – Is it the Journey or the Destination?

Recent sugyot have been exploring the question of what happens when an prohibited act is done to a person, animal, or object that is already, in some way, damaged or unfit.  In today’s daf (Menachot 60a), the Gemara addressed the … Continue reading

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Menachot 53-55: All Menachot are brought as Matzah – Why?

We now enter into a new chapter of Menachot, one devoted to discussing the requirements and prohibitions around chametz and matzah in menachot.   Coming as it does on the heels of the end of Pesach, it is nice to … Continue reading

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Menachot 53 – Who cares about your yichus?

Today’s daf (Menachot 53a-b) contains a fascinating story of an exchange between Rabbi Perida, his students, and a certain Rabbi Ezra who wanted to come into Rabbi Perida’s study session: The rabbi-students said to R. Perida, “R. Ezra, the grandson … Continue reading

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