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Shabbat 126: Hanging Doors, Container Covers, and Cleaning Up for Guests

The distinction on practice at the Temple vs. outside of it. In this case, door bolts that are not tied to the door – which is fundamentally the melakhah of building. So there’s a work-around for places outside the Temple, but not within it. Also: window shutters, even if they aren’t attached to the building…. are permitted. Note: What’s What: Anonymous mishnayot are usually authoritative – but in this case, they supplement with knowledge of the practice, and that “ma’aseh rav” trumps. Also: Covers that have handles can be moved on Shabbat – distinguishing between utensils in the home vs. covers for pits in the ground…or is that about an oven? More What’s What on how the Gemara works: “lishna acharina” – another version of the same text, with edits. The Gemara preserves both. Plus: Moving the baskets for the sake of guests. As long as the things that you’re moving *can* have a purpose on Shabbat.


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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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