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Pesachim 63: When Saying Other Than You Mean Isn’t Hypocrisy

When it comes to the shechitah of the Korban Pesach, is it one full action, or are the many component parts considered separate parts? For example, the intent in the kohen’s mind vs. what he says about uncircumcised, who cannot participate. Do a person’s mouth and heart have to be in agreement?How can this even be a question?! But people misspeak all the time, and they should be protected from those goofs. The question is when does “pigul” (for the wrong intent) kick in? Also, what happens if that shechitah takes place when you still have chametz in your possession (you should have gotten rid of it hours ago!)? How big a problem that will be depends on your intent for the Korban Pesach – from disqualifying it (as a contradiction in terms) and invalidating for any use to simply not counting as the Korban Pesach. Plus: More on the group responsibility for the Korban 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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