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Avodah Zarah

Avodah Zarah 51

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 7, 2018 | כ׳ באדר תשע״ח

If an idol is worshipped with a stick, what acts that one would do with the stick would be considered worship? What would make that stick be considered a “tikrovet” – an offering? If one sacrifices to an idol when the typical method of worship is not sacrifice, is it forbidden? Items that are found…

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Avodah Zarah 52

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 8, 2018 | כ״א באדר תשע״ח

Study Guide Avoda Zara 52. When does an idol become forbidden? From the time it was created or from the time it was worshipped? What about a utensil for idol worship? Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Yishmael disagree and the amoraim bring proof texts for each of them. Several questions are asked regarding the impurity that the rabbis…

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Avodah Zarah 53

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 9, 2018 | כ״ב באדר תשע״ח

How does one cancel an idol – what acts show the non-Jew’s intent to cancel and which acts are not indicative of that?

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Avodah Zarah 55

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 11, 2018 | כ״ד באדר תשע״ח

Basic philosophical questions are asked and answered regarding free choice – if God doesn’t want people worshipping idols, then why doesn’t God destroy them? The last section of Masechet Avoda Zara deals with wine of non-Jews and the first question addressed is at what stage does the wine become potential to the wine of libations…

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Avodah Zarah 56

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 12, 2018 | כ״ה באדר תשע״ח

Are the definitions for when there is “gmar melacha” (when it is a somewhat finished product) to be able to be considered wine that could have been offered by an idol worshipper to his/her idols, the same as for when wine is obligated to be tithed? If the strainer is put back in the top…

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Avodah Zarah 57

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 13, 2018 | כ״ו באדר תשע״ח

Rav and Shmuel have a debate regarding how to read a braita and therefore come to different halachic conclusions. According to Rav’s reading, a non-Jew does not need intent to forbid wine for drinking for a Jew (even a baby can forbid it). According to Shmuel’s reading, a Cannanite slave that was purchased from the market, needs…

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Avodah Zarah 58

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 14, 2018 | כ״ז באדר תשע״ח

In which cases is wine touched by a non Jew forbidden and for what reasons?

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Avodah Zarah 59

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 15, 2018 | כ״ח באדר תשע״ח

More issues regarding wine and non-Jews are discussed.

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Avodah Zarah 60

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 16, 2018 | כ״ט באדר תשע״ח

Many different cases are brought regarding different less direct contacts the non-Jew has with the wine and whether or not it is forbidden? Also in cases where a non_Jew is in the proximity of wine unwatched – in what cases can we assume that the non-Jew will not come in contact with the wine and…

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Avodah Zarah 61

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 18, 2018 | ב׳ בניסן תשע״ח

If the Jew makes wine that belongs to the non-Jew but plans to sell to a Jew – if it is stored in a house of a different non-Jew, is there less of a concern that the non Jewish owner will come in contact with the wine? It is forbidden to benefit from salary that one…

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