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🛎️AT Daily! is Sal’s live show (Facebook and YouTube at Accidental Talmudist) based on the Daf Yomi cycle of Talmud study. The cycle began on January 5, 2020 and with God’s help, Sal will elucidate every page of the Talmud (2,711pp) over the next seven and a half years!

Sal generally goes live on Facebook and YouTube at 6pm Sunday-Thursday, 12pm Friday and about an hour after Shabbat ends every Saturday. For Jewish holidays, same schedule as Shabbat. All times Pacific.

The Talmud is a vast reservoir of Jewish wisdom based on the oral tradition which stretches back to the Revelation at Mount Sinai, when God appeared to two million Jews and transmitted the Ten Commandments, the Written Torah and the Oral Torah.

  • Topics covered: Chapter 2, Mishna 3, 4, 5, 6 When Hillel the Elder was confronted by a gang of Shammai followers in the Temple courtyard, he did a sad and surprising thing for the sake of peace. Then a colleague …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 2, Mishna 2, 3 The amazing true story of Ramban, Reb Avner and the little Torah portion that contains EVERYTHING! Some things we can’t do on a Festival because the Torah prohibits us. Other things we can’t …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 12, Chapter 2, Mishna 1 Which items may be carried through the public domain on a Festival? A spiked sandal is not one of them, due to a tragic event. How do we handle cooking …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 9, 10, 11, 12 We may grind spices for a Festival meal. What about salt? How are they different? May we send food gifts on a Festival? May we send non-food gifts on a Festival? …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 8 When does wheat become grain and thus obligated in tithes? Can tithes ever be separated on a Festival? Even those who receive charity must give charity.

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 7, 8 May we carry objects in the public domain during a Festival? Certainly, if related to food prep. Yes also, if the objects are directly connected to rejoicing in the Festival. If not connected, …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 4, 5, 6 Making assumptions about missing doves after they were designated to be eaten on a Festival. Carrying a knife or an animal through the public domain for the sake of slaughtering, roasting, and …

  • Topics Covered: If we’re eating roast dove on the Festival, we need to designate which doves we plan to eat before the Festival begins, or they’re all off limits due to the principle of muktzeh, set-aside. What are the requirements …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1, 2 Moving a ladder from one dovecote to another, and an attic ladder from inside the house to outside: might not violate carrying, but it might create the appearance of impropriety – that the …

Key Dafs

  • Topics covered: Chapter 5, Mishna 2 A spectacular page! Apropos a verse about the end of days which explain why men and women celebrated separately during Sukkot in the Holy Temple, we enter an extended digression on the nature of …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 4, Mishna 2 Why do we say bless God for commanding us to perform a commandment that was actually instituted by the Sages, and which does not appear anywhere in the Torah? Which blessings do we say …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 3, Mishna 4 The fine linen garments of the High Priest on Yom Kippur were fine indeed! Apropos the wealth of one High Priest who was also a Sage, Rabbi Elazar ben Harsum, we learn that one …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 6 People crowded on the Temple Mount for Festivals, yet they all had room to bow and confess privately. This leads to an AMAZING discussion of the ongoing miracles in the Holy Temple, especially the …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 6, Mishna 1 What was the Ark of the Covenant? What was in it besides the Tablets of the Ten Commandments? Was the original Torah Scroll inside it too? Was there a second Ark that was carried …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 5 What is tumah, ritual impurity? How does to relate to tahara, ritual purity, and kedusha, holiness? How is tumah a acquired? How is it transmitted? What are its degrees? What are the consequences of …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 6, Mishna 1 The first commandment is “Be fruitful and multiply.” If it only meant “Reproduce,” then “be fruitful” would be redundant. Be fruitful is the secret to life: bearing fruit is what we souls were …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 3, Mishna 6, 7 KEY DAF! Putting our page in context. What have learned so far in our Talmud journey? Why does the concept of eruv matter? Because we transform space by creating an edifice in …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 2 Beis Shammai and Beis Hillel disagree on how to correct an alleyway so carrying is permitted there on Shabbos. A certain student gives his own interpretation of the dispute. Who is this student? …

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The Talmud’s core is the Mishnah, written around 200 CE during a Roman persecution so intense that our sage Rabbi Yehuda the Prince feared the Oral Torah would be lost if not set down. The Mishnah is terse and coded, and thus requires interpretation and elucidation in order to be understood. The next layer of commentary was the Gemara, added around 500 CE in the Jewish community of Babylonia, where the centers of learning moved to escape Roman persecution. The Mishnah plus the Gemara equals the Talmud, but the oral tradition never stopped moving forward, with commentaries added in ever century since.

Now Salvador Litvak will attempt to add his own commentary via 40-60 minute live show every day for seven and half years. Sal generally goes live on Facebook and YouTube at 6pm Sunday-Thursday, 12pm Friday and about an hour after Shabbat ends every Saturday. For Jewish holidays, same schedule as Shabbat. All times Pacific.

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