A challenging daf… Strange in terms of Hilkhot Shabbat and unintended consequences – and the virgin bride. Specifically, breaking the hymen would be a epind on Shabbat, but why can’t their first night be Saturday night? Why do “calculations” or planning get in the way? Some kinds of thinking and planning, even on teaching, are indeed acceptable on Shabbat. And yet… enough things block the shabbat marriage. What are the sages’ intentions in exploring the unintended act in Shabbat – and the wedding? Also, a piece of Aggadah – acclaiming the righteous people for accomplishing even more than God, in creation. Including what people need to do to be righteous, and also why this passage is here in this dad’s context.
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