Category Archives: Menachot

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

See our new post: “Menachot 64 – Josephus, Hyrcanus, and the Pig on the Wall,” on http://www.the-daf.com!

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

See our new post: Are Oats Really one of the 5 Species of Grain? – When Science and Halakha Collide, on our new daf yomi site: http://www.the-daf.com!

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New Resources – Five Species of Grain, Chadash Nowadays

New resources have been posted to our Resources page on our new site: http://www.the-daf.com: Under “Pictorial Guides” “The Five Types of Grain,” by Professor Yehuda Felix (author of “Flora and Fauna in the Torah,” and “Flora and Fauna in the … Continue reading

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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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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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