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Eruvin 47: Those Red-blooded Young Men of Judea

The halakhah discussion that is framed by the methodology question of rules of thumb of whose p’sak holds away. Cases pertain to women who were required to wait 3 months before getting married, lest she be pregnant from a previous marriage. This delay assures sure knowledge (presumably) of paternity. Also: One who buys from non-Jews, when in the Land of Israel, redeems all kinds of things. A kohen can leave the Land of Israel and make himself impure if he needs to legislate something in a court. And he can likewise go to a cemetery. (Wait, what?!) There are places that are rabbinically impure, and not the standard. Likewise, he can leave the Land of Israel to find a wife, to learn Torah. The implication for the status of kohanim is significant, of course. And bringing us back to eruvin – do the objects of a non-Jew establish residence (with regard to techum on yom tov)?


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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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