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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: Chapter 4, Mishna 2,3,4 Who is permitted to leave his Shabbos or Festival boundary? What happens when he gets there and fulfills his mission? If he’s a soldier, may he continue to carry his weapons? May we …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 4, Mishna 1, 2 Lost in Torah study, Nechemya wandered out of his Shabbos boundary. Rav Chisda pointed it out to Rav Nachman, who answered, build a human enclosure connecting him to his boundary so he …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 4, Mishna 1 Source for command to delight in Shabbos. Difference between Ten Commandments regarding Shabbos in Exodus vs. Deuteronomy. How do we know that Rabban Gamiliel was right in our Mishna when he ruled they could …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 4, Mishna 1 What happens when a person’s produce is taken outside his Shabbos boundary? Depends on whether it was taken out intentionally or unintentionally. If I don’t know where my Shabbos boundary is, I may …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 3, Mishna 10, Chapter 4, Mishna 1 Rabba asked Rav Huna, Rav Yehuda and Rava: do we complete a fast that falls on a Friday, or do we end it early so we don’t enter Shabbos …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 3, Mishna 10 Rabbi Dosa ben Harekinos ruled that the prayer leader on Rosh Hashana should include conditional language reflecting that doubt over which day, first or second, is actually Rosh Hashana, but the Rabbis overruled …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 3, Mishna 9, 10 We may make two separate eruvs in advance when a Festival day abuts Shabbos, one for each day, but we may not do this for the two days of Rosh Hashana. For …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 3, Mishna 9 When a festival day falls just before or just after Shabbos, Rabbi Eliezer says we may establish two separate eruv techumins (boundaries for walking distance) in advance, for walking in two different directions, …

  •   Topics covered: Chapter 3, Mishna 8 It appears in the Mishna about a dually conditional eruv that Rabbi Yehuda accepts the principle of retroactive designation, but elsewhere he seems to reject it. Is the Mishna wrong?! Several cases are …

Key Dafs

  •   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 …

  •   Topics covered: Why can we make up a missed Amidah but not a Shema? Rabba’s insight could uproot mountains, Rav Yosef’s knowledge encompassed the entire tradition since Sinai. Which takes precedence? Torah scholars increase peace in the world 🌎 …

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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 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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