The Private and the Shared (Eruvin 79)

Thank you Julius for your comments. I agree with you that the gemara is not very consistent in applying some of the principles that it introduces – the respect for a teacher that you mention being a case in point. I can see that you were somewhat annoyed by the goings-on in that respect in … Lees verder

The Rabbis and Science (Eruvin 57)

Robbert – With today’s daf we are squarely (no pun intended) back in hard-core eruvin territory – although we are, strictly speaking, not dealing with eruvin, but with the cities of the levi’im. I don’t know how the gemara gets here, but that happens more often – Talmudic discourse is, not to put too fine … Lees verder

Substance over Form (Eruvin 49)

Robbert – The daf today talks again a bit about making an eruv chatzerot. This the eruv that is required to allow a person to carry in a courtyard that is shared with other people. One of the requirements of making a proper eruv chatzerot is that all the houses that are adjacent to the … Lees verder

Holy and Profane (Eruvin 40)

Today’s and yesterday’s dapim seem to be (dare I say it? in eruvin?) fairly engaging and interesting. A welcome digression from poles and holes and things that are higher than or lower than other things. Not that there is anything wrong with the technicalities of techumin – but still. It is nice to talk about … Lees verder

Uncertainty (Eruvin 36)

Robbert, thank you for agreeing to have an ongoing chat with me about the daf. Learning daf yomi can be a bit of an exhausting experience. As Gideon (our maggid shiur – maybe we should invite him one day to blog!) would say: “lev chacham liymino, ulev kesil bismolo” (Kohelet 10:2) – a wise man … Lees verder