Shabbat Daf 126
Making space for unexpected Shabbat guests? No worries, it’s not considered prohibited work – you are allowed on Shabbat to clear out those few boxes from the den for them. Extra people for the weekly afternoon shiur? Our rabbis agree that you can exert some effort shlepping to make room, it’s for a mitzvah.
Our list mentions lupines, the big purple ‘bottle-brush’ flower found in the rolling hills of Israel’s lowlands and lower Galilee. You can catch them in full bloom in the Elah Valley on historic Tel Socho, site of David’s victory over giant Goliath; and in the Galileean Tabor riverbed and the Jezreel Valley’s Givat Hamoreh. But catch them fast, usually just before Purim – nicely timed with today’s daf!
Are lupines used on Shabbat? They must be boiled seven times, according to some, to be consumed by humans. Often our references point to animals, as in Brachot (32a), when Rabbi Oshaia referred to a man who had given his cow ‘lupines to eat and it proceeded to kick him.” Food for cows; food for goats on our daf. And we know that the Land of Israel can produce this beautiful flower.
The list continues, and includes luf and the mustard plant. Used on shabbat? Neither. All parts of the first, referred to as Arum, are poisonous, yet locals in Israel have used it from Second Temple times for its leaves (What is edible for man?.. Tosefta, Shabbat 8:9). We can learn from today’s daf that they must be boiled to be used, for here we’re told that when raw, the luf is not fit for man or animal, and thus deemed muktzah.
So, Shabbat shalom — come join us in the blossoming hills,