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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 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 great deeds of simple people like Abba the Bloodletter. Rabbi Beroka often had conversations with Elijah the Prophet in the marketplace. Once he learned about the special place in heaven reserved for a …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 3, Mishna 1 Ilfa and Rabbi Yochanan sat under a shaky wall while angels discussed their fate. Only Yochanan heard them. Nachum Ish Gam Zu always said, “This too is for the best,” and boy, was he …

  • 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 3, Mishna 1 So far we’ve been talking about fasts decreed due to delay of the rainy season in ancient Israel. What other kinds of calamities caused the leaders of communities in that time to decree fasts …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 2, Mishna 1 More laws about fasting and eulogizing on date mentioned in Megillas Taanis as well the day preceding and the day following those dates. Shavuos observance and the Boethusians. Nicanor and Chanukah story. Trajan and …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 2, Mishna 1 Priests may not drink alcohol nor shave their heads nor wear their hair long when serving in the Temple. So should all priests (kohanim) keep their hair the right length and abstain from drinking …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 2, Mishna 1 How and why did they move the ark and Torah scrolls into the town square on public fast days? How and why did they don sackcloth and ashes? The strange statements of the Nineveans …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 2, Mishna 6 The order of prayer when the Sages decreed a fast day (usually due to drought). Who was worthy to be the prayer leader? What blessings would he add to the everyday prayers? Would the …

Key Dafs

  • 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 …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 3, Mishna 4 The fine linen garments of the High Priest on Yom Kippur were fine indeed! Apropos the wealth of one High Priest who was also a Sage, Rabbi Elazar ben Harsum, we learn that one …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 6 People crowded on the Temple Mount for Festivals, yet they all had room to bow and confess privately. This leads to an AMAZING discussion of the ongoing miracles in the Holy Temple, especially the …

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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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