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Eruvin 41: Fast Days, Feast Days, and When They Meet

THIS EPISODE IS SATURDAY’S DAF (Day 1 of Rosh Hashanah).

What happens when Tisha B’Av falls out on Friday (which cannot happen in the era of a fixed calendar)? Namely, nobody should enter Shabbat in a state of affliction. But how can one eat on a fast day?! Note also that we do not have public fast days on Rosh Chodesh or Chanukah or Purim, with exceptions that don’t establish a fast on one of the happy days. And then some rabbinic intrigue in terms of whose p’sak to follow – when Rabban Gamliel was alive, but does his p’sak stand when he’s no longer alive? R. Yehoshua is willing to say no (granted, their disputes are well-known). Rigging the calendar made all of these difficult-to-navigate scenarios moot. Plus: In the new perek, the new mishnah, and when people went out of the Shabbat boundary, perhaps at the hands of non-Jews or one who forgot himself. When the sages ended up in a ship that was traveling on Shabbat, the ship went beyond techum, but the question was how much walking could they therefore do on the ship outside of the techum? Some walked the length of the ship and some stuck to 4 amot. Note that these cases might have been helped with an eruv.


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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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