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Pesachim 4: If a Women Says a House Is Chametz-free, Do We Believe Her?

Pesachim 4: Who’s Who – Rabbi Hiya. Another example of using euphemism for more refined speech. Also, everyone agrees that “Or le-14” means the evening, but why the evening? Possibly because we have zeal to do mitzvot at the first possible moment. But that principle usually means the morning. But people are at home at night. And you get that pinpoint light in the dark. Also – how reliable are the people who claim a house has been checked for chametz? What if that person is a woman? A slave? A minor? Depending on your presumption of the right thing having been done, you can surely rely on them! But what if there’s no presumption that the house has been checked, and we need to rely on their statement?


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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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