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Pesachim 10: The Mouse House

The question of a majority and certainty, and how it has impact on the assumptions that determine whether and how one needs to check for chametz. But what if you see a mouse bring chametz into one of two houses? What’s the certainty? And what do you have to do? The Gemara notes that mice don’t leave crumbs, as compared to a child who might have done the same thing – and leaving crumbs. Plus other mouse cases, when you can’t be sure that the mouse and/or the chametz is the same that you saw going in. Also – a new mishnah: if you miss the correct time for checking for chametz, do it afterwards. It’s still relevant!


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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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