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Pesachim 26: In the Shadow of the Beit HaMikdash

Getting benefit from something, unintentionally. Abaye’s example is a story of R. Yochanan ben Zakkai enjoying shade from the wall of the Beit HaMikdash, as he taught. Other examples from cleaning the Beit HaMikdash – how they actually did their work. Also: sights and sounds and smells – and the benefits or enjoyment that they bring – are more abstract, and less tangible… with smell being more definite. How and to what extent is this applied? Note that the halakhah expects people to get enjoyment or benefit from their senses. Plus: A garment merchant who wears his wares, including shaatnez garments. And plus: Not using chametz to fuel a fire, even as it’s being destroyed. Or orlah. Etc. A harsh psak – taking the issues seriously.


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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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