72b Are you really a Kohen?

". . . Eating teruma is different, because it is called Avodah, and Avodah of the son of a divorcee or a Chalutza is valid after the fact. As per the Mishna: If a Kohen sacrificing Korbanos, and it became known that he was the son of a divorcee or the son of a...

71a Be Happy!

The Gemorah in Chagigoh 8b states that the Mitzva of simcha on Yom Tov, ושמחת בחגך is done with Korbanos שלמי שמחה. This is seemingly contradicted by our Gemorah which states that on Yom Tov Rishon when there cannot be Shalmei Simcha, we fulfill our obligation with...

68b Half For Me And Half For Hashem

חלקהו, חציו לה' וחציו לכם   Yom Tov is to be divided half for oneself and half for Hashem.    Rav Shach is said to have said over from a Sforim Store owner in Vilna, who heard from the Gerrer Rebbe the Imrei Emes the following.    The Pasuk (שמות כד, ו) says that...

67a Send The Tamei Out

 ה ילחם לכם ואתם תחרישון שמות יד - יד The Yalkut Shimoni explains that Moshe Rabeinu's statement, "Hashem will do battle for you", was not only referring to that point in time at the Yam Suf, but rather Hashem will fight for us forever.   The Meshech Chochma...

66b Don’t lose your mind!

Similarly, Reish Lakish said: Any person who becomes angry, if he is a Torah scholar, his wisdom departs from him. Comment: When we get angry we do stupid things. We lose our minds! 

65b No Testing Or Cutting Now!

While Shechting the Korban Pesach is Docheh Shabbos, preparing the Korban by cutting off a Yabeles is not. So too, while giving a Bris Mila on the 8th day is Docheh Shabbos, preparing for it by checking the baby's bilirubin is not. According to the Mechaber, since it...

64b Get In Line

Rabbi Yitzcḥok said: The Korban Pesach is slaughtered only in three groups of at least thirty people each.

We are uncertain if we need three groups of ten people at the same time or one after another.

Therefore, in order to satisfy both possible interpretations, we require three groups of thirty people each. This way we have both 3 groups of ten at one time and three groups of ten one after the next.

However using the correct procedure, fifty people are enough.

The procedure is: Thirty enter and slaughter, ten enter and ten of the original group leave, and then ten others enter and ten more leave. This way the Korban Pesach is considered to have been slaughtered in three groups of thirty people each, although the total number of people involved is only fifty.

My question is: What about after all three groups are done. May one then Shecht the Korban Pesach in solitude?

Let’s answer that question with another question. Why did the 2nd and third group need to be comprised of 30 people?

Since if the three groups need to be at once, this has already been accomplished, why can’t the 2nd and 3rd group consist of just ten each?

It is clear that even after the Korban was Shechted in 3 groups at one time, it must once again be slaughtered in 3 groups. Therefore the 2nd and 3rd group also needed to have thirty, so that they too can fulfil the Mitzva in 3 groups, even if those groups must be at once. We can therefore conclude that even after the three groups have already Shechted the Korban Pesach, it may not be Shechted in solitude, rather another three groups must be gathered.

61a Shpritz It Don’t Spread It!

If one shechted the Korban Pesach before bringing the Tamid, it is acceptable, but the blood should not be offered. Rather someone should mix the blood until after the Tamid is brought. Rashi: It must be mixed so that it shouldn't coagulate and should still be...

For Matza and taxes

There was once a worker in a Matzah factory who said, I am baking Matzah for the purpose of the Mitzva and for taxes. When asked about it, he explained that he wouldn't be baking had it not been for an unpaid tax bill that he had. He therefore said the truth, that he...

59b The Delicious Korban

The Kohanim eat the Korban and those who brought the Korban get atonement.   Eating the Korbanos was an opportunity to make a Mitzvah a very part of our body. The Kohanim ate, filled their bodies with Mitzva, and the owners got atonement.  Nowadays, there is only one...