What is Talmud Tweets?

What is Talmud Tweets? A short, personal take on a page of Talmud - every day!

For several years now, I have been following the tradition of "Daf Yomi" - reading a set page of Talmud daily. With the start of a new 7 1/2 year cycle, I thought I would share a taste of what the Talmud offers, with a bit of personal commentary included. The idea is not to give a scholarly explanation. Rather, it is for those new to Talmud to give a little taste - a tweet, as it were - of the richness of this text and dialogue it contains. The Talmud is a window into a style of thinking as well as the world as it changed over the centuries of its compilation.

These are not literal "tweets" - I don't limit myself to 140 characters. Rather, these are intended to be short, quick takes - focusing in on one part of a much richer discussion. Hopefully, I will pique your interest. As Hillel says: "Go and study it!" (Shabbat 31a)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Shabbat 71 - Unaware

Dedicated to the proposition that performing two labors in one state of unawareness on Shabbat makes a person liable for only one sin offering.

Or – based on the example of one who accidently eats of forbidden sacrificial meat (heleb), maybe not. If one is informed and then eats a second piece, but didn’t understand that the second was also proscribed – one sacrifice is sufficient for the two. But NOT if a third piece is taken.

There are limits!

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