Making sense, maybe, of the whole daf, maybe, for a change. For the daf today lent itself to discovering a theme, though that doesn’t necessarily mean it was a unifying principle of composition…
It also drove home the point of a few days ago – the Gemara does not present its concepts and principles in a coherent “building block” manner. This text that presumes you already have confidence in the material presented on, for example, daf 48.
In terms of topics: who gets the honor of breaking bread? of leading a zimun? of washing before or after a meal? of sitting in which placement during a meal? Plus what do we say in a shiva house – and why “ha-tov ve-ha-meitiv” was once a reasonable possibility for that context.
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