Friday, September 08, 2006

Daf Yomi - Sukkah 6 - Highlights

1. It is said a land of wheat and barley and vines and figs and pomegranates, a land of oil [producing] olives and [date] honey. The Gemara states that this verse teaches us various halachic measures.
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The word wheat teaches us that if one enters a house that was afflicted with tzaraas and he is carrying his clothing on his shoulders, and his shoes and his rings are in his hands, both he and all that he is carrying become tamei immediately. If he was wearing his clothes, however, and his shoes were on his feet and his rings were on his fingers, he will become tamei immediately but his clothing, shoes and rings remain tahor unless he tarries the amount of time it takes to eat a half-loaf of bread. The word barley teaches us that a bone from a corpse the size of a barley will transmit tumah through contact or by being carried, but a bone fragment will not impart tumah by being under one roof. The word vines teach us that a Nazir, one who took a vow to abstain from eating or drinking grape products, will be liable if he consumes a reviis of wine, which is a quarter-log. The word figs teaches us that for one to be liable for carrying from one domain to another on Shabbos, one must carry the minimum amount of food which is the size of a dried fig. The word pomegranates teaches us that regarding any utensil that belongs to a homeowner, the measure for losing their tumah is a hole that is the size of a pomegranate. The reason for this is because a homeowner will not readily discard his utensils, but once a utensil develops a hole the size of a pomegranate, the utensil is no longer usable, so the utensil is no longer susceptible to tumah. The words a land of oil [producing] olives teach us that Eretz Yisroel is a land whose every legal measure is the size of olives, i.e. any minimum measurement requirement is an olive. The words date [honey] teach us that one will be liable for eating on Yom Kippur if he eats food that is the size of a large date.
2. The halacha that one cannot have a chatzitzah, an interposition on his skin when immersing in a mikveh, is of biblical origin. The halacha LeMoshe MiSinai is necessary to teach us that if there is a single knot in ones hair, it is considered an interposition and invalidates the immersion.
3. There is a debate regarding how may walls are required for a Sukkah to be valid. The Chachamim maintain that a Sukkah requires two complete walls and a third wall that is at least a tefach long. Rabbi Shimon, however, maintains that a Sukkah requires three walls and a fourth wall that must be at least a tefach. The Gemara records various ways to explain this debate.

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