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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 1 We’ve laid out the reasons why the High Priest was sequestered in the Temple for 7 days prior to Yom Kippur, but why couldn’t his wife go with him? And if the concern is …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1 Rabbi Yochanan and Rabbi Chanina debate which elements of the Tabernacle Inauguration and Investiture of the First High Priest were essential to that ritual – a practical issue with regard to the Inauguration of …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1 Rabbi Yochanan and Reish Lakish debate the source for the law that the High Priest must be sequestered for 7 days prior to Yom Kippur. Rabbi Yochanan says it’s because the original High Priest, …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1 Sequestration of the high priest applies to original Inauguration and Yom Kippur, to the exclusion of the pilgrimage Festivals and Rosh Hashanah. Does the High Priest bring his calf offering from the nation’s property …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1 They sequestered the Kohen Gadol, the High Priest, for seven days before Yom Kippur to ensure he does not become disqualified by ritual impurity. They designated a backup Kohen Gadol just in case, and …

  • Chapter 7, Mishna 3, Chapter 8 Mishna 1, 2, 3, 4 Ashes of the Red Heifer are not subject to the law of misappropriation of Temple property. If spittle is found on the streets of Jerusalem, should we assume it …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 7, Mishna 1, 2, 3 What do we do with money, meat and other objects found in the Temple, near the Temple, or outside Jerusalem, and what are the determining factors? Can we make reasonable assumptions in …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 6, Mishna 3, 4 Solomon made ten showbread tables and ten golden menorahs just like the one (of each) made by Moses in the Wilderness, because the Sanctuary of the Temple was so much larger than the …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 6, Mishna 2, 3 Per the prophecies of Zechariah and Ezekiel, we examine how a stream of living water will flow from the Third Temple and become a river that flows out of Jerusalem to four seas …

Key Dafs

  •   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 🌎 …

  •   Topics covered: Three matters lengthen our years, three shorten, three things come only through great blessing: a good king, a good year, a good dream. A dream not interpreted is like a letter not read. Which dreams are fulfilled? …

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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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