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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 1, Mishna 1, 2, 3 What can we deduce from certain unclear grave markings? Why did the Sages send agents into the farm fields to inspect and uproot prohibited mixtures of “diverse kinds?” Why did they stop …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1 On the intermediate days of a Festival one may attend to the needs of the public even if it requires strenuous effort, but what qualifies as a need of the public? Marking graves so …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1 What is the excessive exertion that prohibits certain kinds of work from being done on the intermediate days of a festival? What does this mean in practical terms today? Can we derive 6th year …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1 How do we derive from the Torah what kinds of labor are prohibited during the seventh year of the Sabbatical cycle of the land? How is this related to the kinds of work permitted …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1 What kind, and how much, work may be done during the intermediate days of a Festival (Passover or Sukkot)? Depends on the consequences of not doing the task and how strenuous it will be. …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 4, Mishna 6 Torah readings for festivals. The might and humility of God are inextricably connected. How to handle, roll, and read from a Torah scroll. Why we chant when we study Torah and Talmud. #Judaism #halacha …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 4, Mishna 5, 6 The Sages establish the order of the four special Torah readings in the weeks leading up to Passover, and how the schedule is adjusted for Purim and Rosh Chodesh that may also land …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 4, Mishna 4, 5 Torah study is the highest, and we prioritize it over everything else, but we interrupt it to attend a funeral or wedding. What is the Divine Presence, and where/when does it accompany the …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 4, Mishna 3, 4 A series of spectacular teachings about the virtuous behavior of certain long-lived Sages. No shortcuts through a prayer space, and other rules pertaining to synagogues and study halls. #Judaism #halacha #Torah #Megillah #Purim …

Key Dafs

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 13 Where 48 prophets and seven prophetesses failed, the Jew-hater Haman succeeded. Why?! The seven prophetesses of Israel: Sarah, Miriam, Devorah, Hannah, Avigail, Huldah and Esther. Help us build the A.T. App in Memory of …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 3, 4, 5 How did the Book of Esther get incorporated into the Bible? Is it as sacred as other books in the Bible? How do we know that it was Divinely inspired? How does …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 3, Mishna 1 A story for the ages, literally! Honi the Circle-maker was a saintly miracle worker who nagged God on behalf of others. All his life he was puzzled by a verse from Psalms that compares …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 3, Mishna 1 The memorable Tale of Rabbi Elazar and The Ugly Man. “Go to Uman.” Don’t stand under a shaky wall, i.e. don’t place yourself in danger where you might need a life-saving miracle, and the …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 2 Rainfall is equivalent to the resurrection of the dead. Torah scholars sharpen each other. Rabbi Chanina said, I have learned much from my teachers and more from my friends, but I have learned the …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 2 Another Key Daf! We’ll be divided into three groups on the Day of Judgment. God tips the scales for most people in their favor because He is merciful, but there will be an accounting …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 2 Key Daf! Four times a year we’re judged for different purposes. Some say every day, some say every hour. How does Rosh Hashana connect to Yom Kippur? Which actions will cause us to be judged …

  • 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 …

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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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