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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 6, Mishna 4, 5 A beautiful reading from the machzor (Yom Kippur prayerbook) on the parts of the High Priest’s service we’re covering now. What does the High Priest do with the carcasses of the bull and …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 6, Mishna 3 Why was the goat sent to Azazel and pushed off a cliff? Why such a horrific death? What/where is Azazel? Which sins are specifically addressed by the rite of the scapegoat?

  • Topics covered: Chapter 6, Mishna 2 Why did R’ Eliezer refuse to answer certain questions from his students and a wise woman? How did the other Sages feel about R’ Eliezer? An abridged version of the Oven of Achnai story. …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 6, Mishna 1 Day of Calling Out will be June 27! Info to follow. A disqualified animal stands to die a horrible death according to one opinion, so the Rabbis dig deep into the halacha to save …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 6, Mishna 1 Let’s not wait until we’re cringing in a foxhole to cry out to our Creator! Rav and Rabbi Yochanan debate what to do with the surviving goat from the first pair, when a second …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 6, Mishna 1 A beautiful story about the Lubavitcher Rebbe and his beloved wife Chaya Mushka. A paradox: if you slaughter an offering outside the Temple, you’re liable for violating the Torah law against slaughtering offerings outside …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 6, Mishna 1 Two beautiful stories that help us understand why so many priests went on a suicide mission to be high priest in the Second Temple period, and why Korach – who knew better! – went …

  • Topics Covered: Chapter 5, Mishna 6 A lesson from the prophet Samuel from the Korach haftorah. Understanding where the Sages differ with respect to interruptions in the Yom Kippur service of the High Priest.

  • Topics covered: Chapter 5, Mishna 6 A beautiful lesson from Rabbi Avraham Tewrski M.D. about addiction, obligation and true freedom. On Yom Kippur, the High Priest in the Tabernacle or the Temple had a very specific order in which he …

Key Dafs

  • 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? …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 24, Mishna 3, 4 “Shatit” dip may be mixed on Shabbos, but its method of prep should be altered. Related teachings brought down from the notebooks of Zeiri and Levi, who learned before Rabbi Chiyya and …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 23, Mishna 6, Chapter 24, Mishna 1 R’ Abbahu says the souls of the righteous shuttle back and forth between this world and the World of Souls for a year after death. Rav says that if …

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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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