The rabbis in the Gemara had a lot of familiarity with the ancient processes of making food and clothing. We do not generally have this knowledge today, but thanks to archaeologists, anthropologists, museums and artists who are interested in old crafts, we can understand much about these ancient processes. From time to time, I will post videos and articles explaining ancient crafts.
For this week: Many pages in the Talmud talk about spinning, dyeing and weaving. There are many discussions about flax and wool. These videos will introduce you to some of the processes and equipment used to process flax and wool.
Sheep to Shawl (wool processing)
This video provides a good reconstruction of the painstaking process of weaving on a warp-weighted loom, the type that was used in Israel in the biblical period.
And a reconstruction of a warp weighted loom at Shiloh.
Another type of loom is a backstrap loom, or floor loom. You can see how the Bedouin women in Israel weave. Our Jewish mothers also used these looms. (Think Joseph’s coat!)
And lastly, for today, this may be the location referred to on daf 26a…between Tyre and Haifa.