Thursday, November 30, 2006

Daf Yomi - Beitza 34 - Highlights


The Gemora cites a Mishna in Chulin which rules regarding a bird that has been crushed by another animal. If the bird remained alive for twenty-four hours after it had been crushed and then it was subsequently slaughtered, the bird is permitted to be eaten. Staying alive for twenty-four hours indicates that the bird is not a treifa (a life-threatening blemish that would prohibit the bird from being eaten even if it was slaughtered correctly). Rabbi Eliezer learns that the bird must be examined after it was slaughtered to ensure that it doesn’t have any internal wounds that would render the animal a treifa.

Rabbi Yirmiyah questioned if this bird can be slaughtered on Yom Tov after waiting the twenty-four hours. Should there be a concern that the inspection will reveal that the bird is indeed a treifa and the slaughtering will be deemed to be a melocha on Yom Tov since the meat of the bird cannot be eaten.

The Gemora attempts to bring a proof from our Mishna that it should be forbidden to slaughter the crushed bird. The Mishna rules that one is not permitted to heat tiles on Yom Tov for the purpose of roasting food on them. Rabbah explains this ruling to be referring to new tiles, where there is a concern that the tiles might break and there is a necessity to test them. Slaughtering the crushed bird should have the same stringent ruling.

The Gemora concludes that one may not heat up the tiles since heating them solidifies them and that is forbidden on Yom Tov since you are creating a utensil. This case is not similar to the crushed bird and there is no proof as to what the halacha would be in that case.

The Gemora cites a Braisa which rules that a person who places an empty pot on a fire on Shabbos will be liable for violating the Shabbos. Rish Lakish explains that this is referring to a new pot and the reason for the prohibition is because the original heating hardens the pot and would be forbidden the same way it is prohibited to heat the tiles.