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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 2 Once the search for leaven, chametz, has been completed, we need not worry that a marten (so furry and cute!) has entered the house and dragged away some chametz leaving crumbs behind. One …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1 Why do we search for chametz, leaven, by the light of a ner, lamp-flame? Spiritual, biblical and practical reasons. Which places are exempt from the search for leaven? With respect to places that …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1 Why do we nullify chametz, leaven, in our homes at the time we search for it on the night before Passover begins? Can we nullify it after the Festival begins? What happens if …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1 If a Jew is storing a non-Jew’s leaven during Pesach, Passover, because he’s not financially responsible for it, what else must he do to separate himself from these food products? What if we …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1 A Psalm of Thanksgiving! We know we search for leaven on the night of the 14th of Nissan, but when do we remove it from our possession? How is the time derived? How …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1 Some lessons in how to elevate our speech from Yochanan of Hakuk and Rav. Why do we search for leavened bread on the evening of the 14th of Nissan, if we need not …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1 Does the “ohr” (light) of a Hebrew date mean the night or the day? After many proofs, the Talmud seems to conclude that it means evening, but why didn’t the Sage of our …

  •   Topics covered: Overview of Passover, which combines the Festival of the Paschal Offering and the Festival of Matzos, as well as an overview of Tractate Pesachim. The Torah’s laws of Passover are actually quite brief for such a complex …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 10, Mishna 19 In the final mishna of Tractate Eruvin we learn how to handle the carcass of a creeping animal – which imparts tumah, ritual impurity, if touched – when found in the precincts of …

Key Dafs

  • 🛎 AT Daily! #280 – 🗝 KEY DAF! 🍋 Be Fruitful And Choose Your Neighbors Wisely! 🏘 Eruvin 62

      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 …

  •   Topics covered: To be liable for writing on Shabbos, one must write two letters that endure, which generally means they spell a word. One example is Shem, a name made from the first two letters the longer name Shimon. …

  •   Topics covered: To be liable for carrying or throwing on Shabbos, one must first make a valid taking and finish with a valid placing of the object. If one draws water from water, or pours water into water, one …

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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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