Day: March 1, 2022

Chagigah 20

What happens if someone plans to travel to a particular destination and, given their excess luggage, they hire donkey drivers or workers to bring the rest of their luggage as well as other items including parcels of food or earthenware jugs of wine containing food or drink that is טהור (i.e. with a ‘pure’ spiritual…

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Chagigah 19

In today’s daf (Chagigah 19a) we are taught the principle of אין מטבילין באויר – ‘we do not do immersion mid-air’, and in terms of the context of this statement what it comes to explain is that if one were to throw an item into the arch of a wave, then the immersion would be…

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Chagigah 18

One of the first questions that a gym instructor or personal trainer might ask a new client is what is their goals: Do they want to build muscle tone? Increase fitness? Or lose weight? In principle, these goals can overlap with one another. Still, what the instructor or trainer wishes to know when asking these…

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Chagigah 17

Basing itself on Devarim 16:7, we learn in today’s daf (Chagigah 17a-b) that having come to Jerusalem and consumed the קרבן פסח (Pesach sacrifice), and then offered the עולות ראייה (pilgrimage offering) and שלמי חגיגה (festive peace offering), a pilgrim must stay overnight and only then may return back to their homes. On first glance…

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Chagigah 16

While evil which is witnessed by others can be testified about by others, today’s daf (Chagigah 16a) raises the question of who – or what – will bear witness to evil perpetrated in settings where few or no people can see what is going on, such as in the privacy of someone’s home? To this,…

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Chagigah 15

Almost all of today’s daf (Chagigah 15a-b) examines the personality of Elisha ben Ayuva – otherwise known as ‘Acher’ (literally, ‘the other’) – who entered the ‘Pardes’ and subsequently lost his faith. It is noteworthy that while Acher’s heresy is often discussed, the fact that he subsequently adopted a sinister, violent and sinful lifestyle is…

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Chagigah 14

Today’s daf (Chagigah 14b) informs us how four different Torah scholars – Ben Azzai, Ben Zoma, Acher and Rabbi Akiva – entered the ‘Pardes’ (which is a word literally translated as meaning ‘orchard’, but which is – in fact – the root of the English word ‘Paradise’), and that while Rabbi Akiva entered and left…

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Chagigah 13

Much of today’s daf (Chagigah 13b) compares and seeks to interpret the prophetic visions of Yeshayahu (Isaiah) and Yechezkel (Ezekiel). Specifically, our daf contrasts the depiction of angels in Yeshayahu 9:2 with six wings, while Yechezkel 1:6 describes angels as only having four wings, and asks why these differ? The answer it gives relates to…

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