Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility Skip to content

To Pasken Halacha in Front of Your Rav

Eruvin Daf 63

In today’s daf we learn the rulings regarding when and where a student can pasken Halacha while his Rav is still alive or in his town.  We learn the concept of a תלמיד חבר a student who is also a colleague. This daf which seems deceptively straightforward generates a lot of discussion among the Rishonim.

One of the stories on the daf that stands out for me and which I have not yet resolved is that of Ravina and Rav Ashi towards the top of the Daf. Rav Ashi asks Ravina why he paskened halacha in Bavel – although it was not Rav Ashi’s town. Ravina offers a defense citing another case that we did at the top of the daf. He then concludes that he is a  תלמיד חבר of Rav Ashi. And there the story ends until we meet them both a few lines down in a different situation. My questions on the story  are:

  • Did Rav Ashi think of Ravina as a תלמיד חבר or as a bonafide student who did not have this status?
  • Did Rav Ashi not know this halacha?
  • Who decides what the relationship is? The teacher or the student? Or is it a joint decision – which it does not seem so from this story.

Would love to hear your thoughts.

Teachers: Susan Suna and Dena Rock

If you missed one of our classes – visit our youtube channel:

Alon Shvut Women's Daf Yomi

The Alon Shvut women's daf yomi group generally meets daily at 8:15 am. Now due to the limits on in person meetings, we moved our shiur to zoom and invite the community of women to join us. If you are interested in receiving the zoom link to the shiur, please send an email to
Scroll To Top