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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 14, Mishna 1, Chapter 15, Mishna 1 Do we have an obligation to prevent a minor from eating meat from an unslaughtered animal? This matters because a deaf-mute was similar to a minor before the law in …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 14, Mishna 1 Examining marriage by Torah law vs. marriage by Rabbinic law in the cases of a minor, a deafmute, and an imbecile. The latter is is regarded as “uncertain,” and this has consequences in the …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 13, MIshna 8, Chapter 14, Mishna 1 What if a yavam and yevama marry, but never consummate the union? Do they require a bill of divorce, or chaltizah, or both? What if the yevama has a co-wife? …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 13, MIshna 6, 7, 8 These cases of incomplete marriage between a husband and a minor or a deafmute – whether because partial or uncertain – create additional complexities when the husband dies childless and leaves a …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 13, MIshna 5, 6 How does the law of marriage by rabbinic law (in the case of a marriage to a minor or a deafmute) as opposed to by Torah law (in the case of a legally …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 13, MIshna 3, 4, 5 A minor girl can refuse the man to whom her family married her. What if he divorces her? Can she marry another man, refuse him and return to the first husband?   …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 13, MIshna 1, 2 If a minor girl is betrothed or married off by her mother or brother, she may refuse her husband and annul the marriage. What are the particulars of this law, and how does …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 12, Mishna 3, 4 If a yavam won’t perform chalitzah with a widow who does not wish to marry hum, we compel or even trick him to so, in order to free her. What is the order …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 12, Mishna 3 Analysis of the impact of incomplete chalitzah on the participants. And what if the yavam or the yevama were minors? A colorful incident illustrates Rabbi Yosei’s opinion on this question, as well as the …

Key Dafs

  • 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 …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 6, Mishna 1 What was the Ark of the Covenant? What was in it besides the Tablets of the Ten Commandments? Was the original Torah Scroll inside it too? Was there a second Ark that was carried …

  • 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? …

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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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