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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 4, Mishna 1Topics covered:What constitutes an act of bad faith?Can one ever make a commitment that they have no intention of keeping it?If someone reneges on a verbal commitment does that mean he acted in bad faith?Is seller who …

  • Chapter 4, Mishna 1Topics covered:What if someone accepts deposit and denies it?How are transactional business laws an opportunity for holiness?What are two types of deposit?If money changing hands is not trigger for transaction, why is that me’ila? (i’m confused)When is …

  • Chapter 4, Mishna 1Topics covered:What can nd can’t be an item of symbolic exchange?How can you sell land and movable goods in one transaction?What is relevance of Boaz and Ruth to law of symbolic exchange?When can produce be used as …

  • Chapter 4, Mishna 1Topics covered:Are coins acquired by means of a transaction of exchange?What is property that is being used as monetary value?How is appraisal of grain different from appraisal of coins?What if property-for-money transaction is converted into a property-for-property …

  • Chapter 4, Mishna 1Topics covered:If you turn produce into currency, does that sacralize currency? Can you trade it for different kind of currency?Are coins relative to produce currency or commodity?Can we desacralize produce with gold dinars?What about second tithe produce?Why …

  • Chapter 3, Mishna 10, 11 Chapter 4, Mishna 1 Topics covered: What is relevance of witnesses to misappropriation? Is law always in accordance with Rabbi Akiva? Does owner need to know if thief returns what he stole? What if someone …

  • 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 …

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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