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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 2, Mishna 3, 4, 5, 6 When Hillel the Elder was confronted by a gang of Shammai followers in the Temple courtyard, he did a sad and surprising thing for the sake of peace. Then a colleague …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 2, Mishna 2, 3 The amazing true story of Ramban, Reb Avner and the little Torah portion that contains EVERYTHING! Some things we can’t do on a Festival because the Torah prohibits us. Other things we can’t …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 12, Chapter 2, Mishna 1 Which items may be carried through the public domain on a Festival? A spiked sandal is not one of them, due to a tragic event. How do we handle cooking …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 9, 10, 11, 12 We may grind spices for a Festival meal. What about salt? How are they different? May we send food gifts on a Festival? May we send non-food gifts on a Festival? …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 8 When does wheat become grain and thus obligated in tithes? Can tithes ever be separated on a Festival? Even those who receive charity must give charity.

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 7, 8 May we carry objects in the public domain during a Festival? Certainly, if related to food prep. Yes also, if the objects are directly connected to rejoicing in the Festival. If not connected, …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 4, 5, 6 Making assumptions about missing doves after they were designated to be eaten on a Festival. Carrying a knife or an animal through the public domain for the sake of slaughtering, roasting, and …

  • Topics Covered: If we’re eating roast dove on the Festival, we need to designate which doves we plan to eat before the Festival begins, or they’re all off limits due to the principle of muktzeh, set-aside. What are the requirements …

  • Topics covered: Chapter 1, Mishna 1, 2 Moving a ladder from one dovecote to another, and an attic ladder from inside the house to outside: might not violate carrying, but it might create the appearance of impropriety – that the …

Key Dafs

  •   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 🌎 …

  •   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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