Talmudic Methodology
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שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Eating Milk and Meat on One Table The first mishna in the 8th perek of Chullin describes the prohibition of eating meat and milk at the same table.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Concept of Malkhut
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Halakha of Yeihareg Ve-Al Ya'avor The preservation of life overrides almost all aveirot. When faced with a life-threatening situation, almost any aveira must be performed to preserve life, based on the principle of ve-chai ba-hem – Torah is meant to support and embrace life. The exceptions are the three cardinal aveirot of avoda zara, giluy arayot, and shefichut damim (idolatry, sexual violation, and murder). These are never overridden; they must be upheld even at the cost of life. In this shiur, we will explore the nature of these three aveirot and the principle of yeihareg ve-al ya’avor, which mandates that a Jew sacrifice his life rather than violate these commandments.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Disqualifying a Gentile from Shelichut Several gemarot disqualify a gentile from serving as a shaliach (agent) based on a derivation from one of the three pesukim that serves as a source for shelichut (agency).
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Prohibition of Amira Le-Nochri Instructing a Gentile to Perform Prohibited Melakhot A number of sources in the gemara refer to the prohibition of amira le-nochri, instructing a gentile to perform a melakha on Shabbat. Is this concept an extension of the idea of shelichut (agency), or is it rooted in a different principle?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Prohibition of Eiver Min Ha-Chai In this shiur, we will discuss the nature of the prohibition of eating a limb from a live animal, eiver min ha-chai. We will see that according to some authorities, this prohibition is a precursor to the prohibition of neveila, eating an animal that has not undergone proper shechita. Viewing the prohibition in this light is helpful in explaining a number of halakhot that pertain to situations of eiver min ha-chai.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Shevua for Those Who “Hurry” Their Confessions (Ma’arim) In this shiur, we will study the case of a nitva who "hurries" his confession in order to avoid a situation of modeh be-miktzat, and thereby avoid a shevu''a. In this case, the gemara mandates that the nitva take an oath. What is the basis for this shevu'a. Does the hurried confession raise our suspicions, or does it somehow create a situation of modeh be-miktzat?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Keluta Ke-mi She-huncha - Rabbi Akiva's Theory Regarding Airborne Objects
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Shiur #10: Purim Seuda When Purim Falls on Shabba
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Shechita by a Gentile
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Shemitta Oil For Lighting Chanukah Candles The mishna in the beginning of the eighth perek of Shvi'it lists the permissible uses for shemitta produce: eating, drinking, smearing lotions, lighting candles for light, and dyeing.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Shevua on a Mitzva The gemara in Nedarim cites Rav Gidal's famous halakha that one is allowed/encouraged to take an oath to fulfill a mitzva.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Tefillat Ha-Derekh The gemara in Berakhot (29b) discusses the prayer recited when beginning a journey - known as tefillat ha-derekh.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Tzerorot as a New Paradigm
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Whose Mitzva is it To Perform Mila - Revisited
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Eidut She-atah Yachol Le-Hazima: Testimony is Only Valid if it can be Rendered Hazama
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Position of Sumchus: Mammon Ha-Mutal Be-Safek Cholkim Sumchus holds the minority opinion that disputed monies should be divided between litigated parties and not automatically awarded to the possessor. In this shiur, we will analyze a number of approaches taken to explain this enigmatic position.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Apotropus Halakha legislates the concept of apotropus – a court-appointed agent acting on behalf of orphans who cannot oversee their financial holdings.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Prohibition of Bal Yeiraӥh and Bal Yimatzei (Part 3 of 3)
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Bari ve-Shema - Part II Having addressed Rav Huna's position – that bari ve-shema is sufficient and independent grounds to override the chezkat mammon (physical possession) and facilitate collection, we might turn our attention to the dissenting opinion of Rav Nachman and Rav Yochanan.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Forming a Beit Din with an Even Number of Judges
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Object of the Berakha Recited Upon Fruit
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Geneivat Da'at One is not permitted to promote false impressions - literally, to steal the knowledge of another.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Hatafat Dam Berit
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Shiur #11: Heseiba and Cherut (Part Two)
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Status of Megillat Esther in Relation to Other Sefarim of Tanakh The central mitzva of Purim is certainly the reading of the megilla.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Lifnei Iver In Parashat Kedoshim, amidst the extensive list of commandments governing interpersonal behaviour, the Torah prohibits placing an obstacle before a blind man (lifnei iver).
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Shiur #11: The Relationship Between the Mitzva of Matza and the Meal of the Holiday
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin The Nature of a Birkhat Ha-Mitzva Berakhot can generally be divided into three distinct categories: birkhot ha-nehenin, birkhot ha-shevach, and birkhot ha-mitzva. A birkhat ha-nehenin is recited upon an item that delivers physical pleasure, and a birkhat ha-shevach is recited upon an experience that triggers an opportunity to praise God. The structure and essence of a birkhat ha-mitzva, however, is less obvious. What aspect of the mitzva experience is targeted by a birkhat ha-mitzva?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Taragin Defining the Melakha of Tzeida The melakha of tzeida appears to be different from other melakhot in that capturing an animal does not appear to cause any transformation in the object of the melakaha. In this shiur, we will discuss the possibility that the transformation lies in the newfound human access to the animal. We will note a number of nafka minot of viewing the melakha in this fashion.

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