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Eruvin 68: The Race to the Courtyard

The case of the need for warm water for a baby to be circumcised, in the absence of an eruv. Abaye explains why neither he nor Rava were up on the home’s eruvin, including his own inability to contribute bread. Note that the food of the eruv is not symbolic! Other similar cases – if the mother needs hot water on Shabbat, a non-Jew can heat it for her. But only if she seems incapable of managing otherwise! Though inference from another’s physical appearance may not be the best course of action. Renouncing ones rights may (or may not) help the people who need an eruv for the baby who needs warm water. How urgent was that eruv need? Also: Rabban Gamliel and the Sadducee on his alleyway, who naturally doesn’t buy into the program. [What’s What: Hisurei Mehsera]. How far do we go to say that a Sadducee is or is not akin to a non-Jew?! It seems that there’s a race to take possession, as it were, of the court. [What’s What: Boethusians] This story of Rabban Gamliel and the alleyway has a few versions, including one where R. Gamliel comes down harsh on the “heretic”…yet not to treat him like a non-Jew.

 

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Anne and Yardaena

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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