Category Archives: General Interest

Menachot 64 – Josephus, Hyrcanus, and the Pig on the Wall

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

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Administrative Oops!

Hello all, In completing the migration to the new Daily Daf site http://www.the-daf.com, I mistakenly re-subscribed all the email subscribers on the old site. So if you had subscribed, you may have gotten an email a few minutes ago (Monday … Continue reading

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Kupach, Kira, and Tanur – What Did all these Ovens Look Like?

The mishna in today’s daf (Menachot 63a) stated that a mincha that is ma’feh tanur, an oven-baked mincha cannot be made in a kupach. R. Yehudah disagreed and said that a kupach could be used for such a mincha.  What, … 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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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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