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Avodah Zarah

Avodah Zarah 15

By Michelle Cohen Farber / January 30, 2018 | י״ד בשבט תשע״ח

What is the reason the mishna forbids selling large animals to non-Jews? On what basis did they make allowances for this halacha?

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Avodah Zarah 16

By Michelle Cohen Farber / January 31, 2018 | ט״ו בשבט תשע״ח

Can one sell weapons or dangerous lions to non-Jews? Are large non-domesticated animals (chayot) considered the same as large domesticated animals in terms of forbidding selling them to non-Jews? What types of buildings is one allowed or not allowed to aid in the building process for non-Jews? The story of Rabbi Eliezer ben Horkanus is…

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Avodah Zarah 17

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 1, 2018 | ט״ז בשבט תשע״ח

The story of Rabbi Eliezer continues as he discovers a situation where he heard the claim of a heretic and agreed somewhat to his interpretation of the verse and assumes that is why he was punished. The gemara then discusses how much one should keep one’s distance from heretics and from prostitutes/those who are forbidden to…

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Avodah Zarah 18

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 2, 2018 | י״ז בשבט תשע״ח

Rabbi Chanina ben Tradion’s death is described – why it happened? Why were others in his family punished with him? Rabbi Yosi ben Kisma predicted his death and in the aftermath of Rabbi Yosi’s death, in fact, Rabbi Chanina gets caught by the Romans and killed in exactly the way Rabbi Yosi predicted. His daughter…

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By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 4, 2018 | י״ט בשבט תשע״ח

This mishna lists other things that are forbidden to do with non-Jews/or idol worshippers are mentioned – selling trees and items attached to the ground and selling/making jewelry for their idols. Rabbi Eliezer ads that one can sell them jewelry – however there is a debate whether this is actually part of the mishna or a mistaken…

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Avodah Zarah 21

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 5, 2018 | כ׳ בשבט תשע״ח

Can one sell or rent property to non-Jews in Israel, close to Israel (Syria) or outside of Israel entirely? What are the issues involved? What is at the root of this prohibition? How is it that people sell property anyway? What explanations did later authorities provide to explain this? Is it applicable to all non-Jews…

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Avodah Zarah 22

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 6, 2018 | כ״א בשבט תשע״ח

According to Rabbi Shimon ben Elazar, one can rent a field to a non-Jew and stipulate that the non-Jew not work the field on chol hamoed. However, this is not allowed with Samaritans as they will claim, “we know better than you and know that one can work on chol hamoed.”  A non-Jew and a…

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Avodah Zarah 23

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 7, 2018 | כ״ב בשבט תשע״ח

Study Guide Avoda Zara 23 Three different explanations are brought to explain the contradiction between our mishna and the braita regarding whether or not non-Jews are suspect that they will engage in bestiality with animals. In this context a debate is brought with regard to the red heifer and the gemara delves into the red heifer – is…

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Avodah Zarah 24

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 8, 2018 | כ״ג בשבט תשע״ח

A number of questions are raised against Shila’s interpretation of Rabbi eliezer that one can’t purchase a red heifer from non-Jews because the verse implies that (vayikchu). The famous story about Dama ben Netina, a non-Jew who is used as the example for respecting one’s parents to show how far one must go to fulfill…

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Avodah Zarah 25

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 9, 2018 | כ״ד בשבט תשע״ח

How long did the sun stop in the time of Joshua? Who else did the sun stop for? The mishna relates that a woman can’t be alone with a non-Jew – what is the mishna referring to as even with a Jew this is forbidden? Why are we not concerned that the non-Jew will kill her.…

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