Monday, October 09, 2006

Daf Yomi - Sukkah 35 - Highlights

1. An esrog is a fruit whose fruit and bark have the same taste. Rebbi maintains that an esrog tree is unique in that it has small ones and large ones growing at the same time. Rabbi Abahu maintains that this can be derived from the word hadar, which can be read as haddar, which refers to a fruit that can dwell on the tree from one year to the next. (35a1-35a2)
2. There is a dispute in the Gemara as to why an esrog from an orlah tree is invalid. One opinion maintains that it is invalid because it cannot be eaten. Another opinion maintains that it is invalid because it has no value as it is forbidden to derive pleasure from it. (35a2)
3. The Gemara offers several reasons as to why one should not use an esrog of terumah for the mitzvah outright. One of the reasons offered is because the esrog will become susceptible to tumah when it becomes wet. Another reason offered is because handling the esrog will eventually cause the outer peel to become ruined and one is forbidden to ruin fruit that is terumah. (35b1)
4. There is a discussion in the Gemara regarding chazazis, boils, on an esrog. There is a distinction between a spot that is in one location and if there are spots in two or three locations. (35b3)