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Sukkah 30: Sourcing Not-Stolen Merchandise

The third perek – and a shift away from the mitzvah of sukkah to that of lulav. We open with several ways a lulav is pasul, not fit to be used for the mitzvah. Including some of the requirements for a kosher lulav. Also, “mitzvah haba’ah be-averah” – the concept of not fulfilling one’s mitzvah because its completion depends on a sin (in this case, theft). Halakhic theft including an element of “yei’ush” – despair of getting the stolen object back. Also, the circumstances under which borrowing a lulav is acceptable (and a stolen lulav is not). Plus, the merchants who sold the 4 species, who have to be careful in sourcing their wares too.

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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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