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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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New Resources on Beit Hillel and Beit Shamai

Good moed to all! Right before Pesach I posted an essay regarding the debate of Beit Hillel and Beit Shamai as to tzitzit in a linen garment, and how their debate here can be seen in light of their deeper, … Continue reading

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New Resources Added – Yadin, Totafot, Rashi and Rabbenu Tam

New Resources Added! Primary Sources Shut Min HaShamayim – Responsa of one of the Ba’alei HaTosafot, who asked God for answers – as to the question of Rashi v. RT Tfillin Articles Tfllin from Qumran – Yigal Yadin – first … Continue reading

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Menachot 28 – What Did the Menorah Really Look Like?

In today’s daf, Menachot 28b, the Gemara discusses at length what the Menorah in the Beit HaMikdash looked like.  There are excellent diagrams of this from the book Tavnit HaMishkan viKeilav (one diagram can be seen here on the left).  These diagrams … Continue reading

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Menachot 26b – If a Kometz Holds 2 KiZeytim, Why Do We Have to Eat So Much Matzah?

Today’s daf, Menachot 26b, records a debate between R. Yehoshua ben Levi and R. Yochanan whether a kometz, we can assume that even the smallest handbreadth (of the Kohen with the smallest hands), holds at least the volume of two-olives. … Continue reading

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Menachot 18b – A Kohen Who Does Not Accept All the Rites of Priesthood

Today’s daf yomi, on Menachot 18b, quotes the statement of Rebbe Shimon that “Any Kohen who does not accept all the rites that were given to the children of Aharon has no portion in the kehuna, the priesthood.”   That is, … Continue reading

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Zevachim 117-119 – Reasons for The Mikdash

The daf (Zevachim 117-119) has recently been discussing the period when sacrifices were brought on bamot, private altars, and the ways that such worship is distinct from worship in a central location (bamah gedolah) or in the Mikdash.   As an introduction to discussing these … Continue reading

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