Category Archives: Halacha

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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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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More on “shelo asani isha”

A final word on the “shelo asani isha” brakha that appeared on daf 44a, and we discussed in an earlier post.  Both comments on that post argued for the importance of changing the brakha, rather than saying it in an … Continue reading

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Menachot 44a – Women and the Blessing of Shelo Asani Isha

As discussed in the previous post, the sugya that ends the discussion of tzitzit, leaves women out of the conversation.  Not only are women exempt from the mitzvah (although this is debated), but they also do not have the other … Continue reading

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Marit Ayin, Perception and Not Giving into Ignorance

On the daf we did erev Pesach, Menachot 40, we saw that because of various concerns R. Eliezer son of R. Tzaddok said (perhaps in explanation of the position of Beit Shamai) that it was prohibited to wear wool techelet tzitizt … Continue reading

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Menachot 39b: Tzitzit – Wool, Cotton, or Nylon?

Today’s daf (Menachot 39b) presented a debate as to whether a non-wool and non-linen garment, such as one made of silk or cotton, is considered a “garment” according to the Torah.  If so, then it would be Biblically obligated in … Continue reading

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