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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!

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: Involve yourself in Shabbos prep! How many meals are we obligated to eat on Shabbos? Three. How do we know that? We may wash Friday night plates for Shabbos lunch, but we may not wash the plates …

  •   Topics covered: Drawing the connection between saving a Torah, its casing and whatever else is inside the casing from a fire on Shabbos, and flaying a Passover lamb on Shabbos when Passover falls on Sunday. If saving a Torah …

  •   Topics covered: Why do the verses of Numbers 10:35-36 constitute their own book of the Torah? Do we rescue blank folios that were once part of a Torah scroll from a fire on Shabbos? What about the sacred books …

  •   Topics covered: Opening Chapter 16, and emotional, counter-instinctual laws regarding a fire that breaks out on Shabbos. Life must of course be saved, but most property cannot due to extinguishing, carrying, and preparation-for-use restrictions on Shabbos. The Sages, however, …

  •   Topics covered: Shabbos isn’t something we have to do so much as it’s something we get to do! We honor God and Shabbos by dressing up. This also applies during the week (though to a lesser extent since Shabbos …

  •   Topics covered: One may temporarily repair/replace the rope of a bucket in a well, but not by replacing it with a rope and knot that could become permament. Rabbi Yehuda disagrees with Rabbi Meir and holds that a bow …

  •   Topics covered: Permitted knots on Shabbos include the the openinings of a woman’s robe, hairnet and undergarment. Also a shoe, sandal, the cover of a wine or oil jug, and a rope before a domesticated animal to keep it …

  •   Topics covered: FInishing Ch. 14 and opening Ch. 15. We may not drink vinegar for a toothache on Shabbos because people don’t drink vinegar. But we may dip bread in it and eat and if it heals, it heals. …

  •   Topics covered: Procedure for discouraging or evading a pursuing, angry snake. This snake suggests demonic forces at work, and the procedures contain spiritual as well as physical elements. The world may have been less firm, more “fluid” in earlier …

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 30-45 minute live show every day for seven and half years. Sal generally goes live at 6pm Sunday-Thursday, 12pm Friday and about 45 minutes after Shabbat ends every Saturday. For Jewish holidays, same schedule as Shabbat. All times Pacific.

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