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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 2, 3 Per the prophecies of Zechariah and Ezekiel, we examine how a stream of living water will flow from the Third Temple and become a river that flows out of Jerusalem to four seas …

  • 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 5, Mishna 3, 4, Chapter 6, Mishna 1 The importance of anonymous charitable giving and other considerations to avoid embarrassing the recipient of charity. Who is honored? One who honors others! (Ben Zoma, Avos 4:1) The Sages …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 5, Mishna 1, 2, 3 Nehunya was a righteous well-digger. Why was his daughter saved from drowning, but his son died of thirst? What are the “afflictions of love?” Tales of the Houses of Gamru and Avtinas, …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 4, Misha 5, Chapter 5, Mishna 1 The Temple always wins in business transactions. Fifteen officials who served in the Temple are mentioned by name as exemplars of their office. One was Petahya, who was also known …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 4, Misha 4 Coming out of 8th day Passover and a Moshiach Meal, we ask how do we bring this infinite light of the Almighty into the rest of the year? And how does this connect with …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 4, Misha 2, 3 Who would call Shimon the Righteous haughty?! He built a new ramo for the Red Heifer for good reason! The Temple’s complex procedure for selling and reacquiring last year’s leftover incense so it …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 4, Misha 1, 2 How and on what were the funds in the Temple treasury spent? Who could be paid with those funds and who could not? What were the red heifer and the scapegoat? Why were …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 3, Misha 2, 3 Levels of poverty according to Rav Beivai. One with curly hair may not be a Temple treasurer! Sources for the importance of conducting yourself in a manner that is above suspicion. The alacrity …

Key Dafs

  • 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 …

  •   Topics Covered: Shevut ecompasses Rabbinic decrees designed either to protect us from committing Biblical transgressions or to enhance the sanctity, spirituality and beauty of Shabbos. The first Mishnah of Chapter 18 teaches that we may move some of our …

  •   Topics covered: How the sages honored Shabbos! This page has too many great, classic teachings in one place, so it’s really worth reviewing and studying. Welcoming the Shabbat bride – source for the 16th century song Lecha Dodi which …

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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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