Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi – a man of great wealth, and why that matters. Even the non-Jews wouldn’t think of starting up with him; such was his power and influence. Which segues nicely into a mishnah from generations earlier on the relationships between Jews and non-Jews. Namely, when a non-Jew does melakhah on his own behalf vs. on behalf of a Jew. For example, one candle lights the way for 100. And a story about Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai disembarking from a ship, where the halakhah explains the narrative, rather than the narrative illustrating the Gemara (though it technically does that too). Also: a city that has Jews and non-Jews living in it – how does that have impact on the public bathhouse, for specific example? When can the Jews piggyback on the non-Jews melakhah, and when is that not acceptable? Plus: A visit to Beit Avin Toren that leaves us wanting to know more.
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