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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 4, Mishna 7, 8, Chapter 5, Mishna 1, 2, 3 Highlights from the week of pages while Sal was away. Additional customs relating to work on Passover eve. How to say the Shema properly, including pauses and …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 4, Mishna 4, 5, 6 Do we refrain from performing work on the Ninth of Av, when we fast and mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples? Local customs vary. Torah Scholars must refrain from …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 4, Mishna 3 Apropos a discussion of local customs with respect to lighting a havdala candle (which separates holy time from mundane) after Yom Kippur, the Sages embark on a fascinating discussion regarding the origin, purpose and …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 4, Mishna 1, 2 We remove produce from our possession when it is no longer available in the fields during the seventh – Sabbatical – year in the shmitah cycle, but the availability varies from one …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 4, Mishna 1 Continuing our discussion of following the custom in a locality with respect to certain stringencies of Jewish law. Does one from Israel observe the second day of a Festival when visiting outside of …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 4, Mishna 1 When we travel from one place to another, and they have different customs with respect to Jewish law, do we do like them? If they are taking on unnecessary stringencies, do we tell them? …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 3, Mishna 8, Chapter 4, Mishna 1 Who is honored in the World-To-Come? Hint: generally speaking, not the same people who are honored here! Zecharia 14:9 says “on that day (in the Messianic Age) the Lord …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 3, Mishna 7, 8 When do we remove chametz, leaven, from our possession if the 14th of Nissan (the day before Passover) falls on Shabbos. If one is en route to do a mitzvah and remembers …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 3, Mishna 4, 5, 6 Rabbah and Rav Hisda debate whether we employ the principle of “since” as an escape clause from a liability for certain transgressions. Rabbah says yes, Rav Hisda says no. Is this …

Key Dafs

  • 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 …

  •   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. …

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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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