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Pesachim 27: Extreme Burn

Intermingling of that wish is permitted with that which is forbidden – in complex ways. For example, baking bread with wood from an orlah tree. Or hekdesh. Which leads to issues of both me’ilah and the item losing its hekdesh status. But is burning different? The implications for the ashes that remain are telling. The prohibitions with regard to hekdesh go beyond the usual food prohibition. Also – more on the Gemara’s logic and the kal va-chomer. Namely, a kal va-chomer doesn’t work if the end results end up being lenient. And this is used to knock down R. Yehudah’s position that chametz must be burned (as compared to other means of destruction), but at the end of the day, this position that sounds more stringent could leave you with chametz in your house over Pesach.


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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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