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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.

  • Chapter 3, Mishna 8, 9, 10 Topics covered: What is relevance of how bailee carries money? What does “bind up money in your hand” mean? What is Talmudic method for diversifying your portfolio? Where is blessing found and not found? …

  • Chapter 3, Mishna 7Topics covered:What is relevance of bailee’s motivation for moving barrel on his property?When a thief returns what he stole, is it necessary for him to inform the owner?How are theft laws similar to storage laws?What is relevance …

  • Chapter 3, Mishna 5, 6Topics covered:What is formula for calculating decrease of produce?What causes decrease?What is difference if deposit was a large measure?How to define a large measure?Why are there different numbers if same measure was used in both cases?What …

  • Chapter 3, Mishna 4Topics covered:What is property of a captive?What is property abandoned by owner?What is property forsaken by owner?What is property of a minor?In which of these cases does the court allow, or appoint a steward?Who is qualified to …

  • Chapter 3, Mishna 4Topics covered:Why can’t bailee touch produce in his possession?Why can’t bailee sell the produce?What is meaning of term “therefore” in this context?What is relevance of rate of deterioration?What is relevance of one preferring one cob of his …

  • Chapter 3, Mishna 3Topics covered:What if two people deposited different amounts of money with one person, when they come to collect each claims he made larger deposit?What if bailee doesn’t know who he owes money to?What if deposits come in …

  • Chapter 3, Mishna 3Topics covered:What are distinctions between sin offering and guilt offering?How do the same false oaths produce different outcomes?In our case, how can renter be liable for guilt offering and borrower liable for sin offering, and vice versa?What …

  • Chapter 3, Mishna 1, 2Topics covered:What is difference between law of deposits and law of collateral?When is creditor or debtor obligated to take an oath?What if collateral is stolen?How can creditor trust the debtor?What if owner of palace receives deposit …

  • Chapter 3, Mishna 1Topics covered:What if animal entrusted to unpaid bailee is lost or stolen, but bailee doesn’t want to swear an oath?To whom does thief pay double payment?What is legal difference between an animal or vessel deposited with unpaid …

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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