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Shabbat 121: The 5 Dangerous Creatures

A footnote to the Who’s Who on Rabbi Yosi ben Halafta. And: Amira le-Akum, and how Jews are not responsible for non-Jewish activities on Shabbat. But Jews are responsible for the activities of Jewish children on Shabbat. Also-ran: When a miracle put out a fire on Shabbat, and that’s not the focus of the story of putting out a fire on Shabbat. Also: a focus on determining Halakhah based on real-life stories. And: overturning a bowl to do actions indirectly on Shabbat – including to protect against scorpion bites, except that that seems to violate the melakhah of tzad (trapping). The Gemara lists 5 dangerous animals that you can always kill on Shabbat, and then expresses ambivalence re that plan. But isn’t this a pre-pikuach nefesh situation? Would it be an exemption to break Shabbat, or an obligation in the fulfilment of keeping Shabbat, to the nth degree?


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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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