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Eruvin 15: Live Animals May Wander Away

What if the lechi was there, in the right spot, with the necessary dimensions, naturally? What if that naturally occurring architecture element can be used as part of your sukkah? And, what if your naturally occurring architectural element is actually alive – not a tree, but an animal? The mishnah indicates that that would be fine, but R. Meir says otherwise. That said, writing a get (a bill of divorcement) on a live animal would be fine (R. Yosi HaGelili disagrees). Which leads to a list of other circumstances for which a live animal is not acceptable. Plus a shout-out to Ne’ot Kedumim. Also, a basic run-down of the details of how we arrive at the need for a written get. Plus the case of a caravan of people camping out who make their enclosure from the stuff they have with them. What if they can’t quite finish the enclosure? A certain amount of a gap is acceptable, but no more. Bottom line: The length of wall must exceed the gap – because Hashem taught Moshe that detail (in contrast to “halakhah le-Moshe mi-Sinai,” for example). What does this really mean?!


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Anne and Yardaena

Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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