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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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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 43b: Tzitzit – Sin, Mitzvot, and Identity

The Gemara on Menachot 43b-44a records R. Meir’s statement that a person (i.e., a man) must make three blessings every day, “… that God has not made me a non-Jew,” “… that God has not made me a woman,” and … Continue reading

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Menachot 29b – Moshe in Rabbi Akiva’s Beit Midrash and the Authority of the Oral Torah

The daf yomi on Menachot 29b relates the classic story of Moshe Rabbenu asking God what the need was for the “crowns” on the letters.  God responds that there will be a man in the future – Rabbi Akiva – … Continue reading

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