web analytics
September 2, 2014 / 7 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
Judaism
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Daf Yomi

Daf-Yomi-logo

Neighbors To The Rescue
‘He May Tell Others: Come, Save For Yourselves’
(Shabbos 121a)

In the mishnah on 117b, the Sages, in discussing a fire that broke out on Shabbos, permit the homeowner to save only three meals’ worth of food from the fire. They did not allow him to save all his possessions lest he become frantic in his haste to save everything and extinguish the fire.

The mishnah on 120a permits the homeowner, however, to announce to other people, “Come, save for yourselves.” He may not ask them to save food on his behalf because the Sages limited him to saving only three meals. Explicitly requesting other people to save food on his behalf would be tantamount to appointing them as agents and it would be as if he personally saved more than the maximum three meals. He may only ask them to save food for themselves and afterwards, if they are so inclined, they can return the food to him.

Other People’s Limits

Even though the mishnah does not specify how much food other people may save, the Rambam (Hilchos Shabbos 23:24) and the Mechaber (Orach Chayim 234:9) limit them to only three meals per person. (The Mechaber in his longer commentary to the Tur states that it seems that other people are allowed to save three meals even if they already have sufficient food in their house.)

Tosafos Rid (to the Ran on our daf), however, posits that other people are under no limitations and may save as much as they wish. He offers two reasons why we have no fear that they might, in their haste, extinguish the fire.

Whose Best Interest?

Firstly, they realize it is not in their best interest to extinguish the fire for should the fire go out they will no longer be permitted to seize anything else from the house.

Secondly, only the homeowner is likely to become frantic during the rescue efforts because he alone stands to lose his hard-earned possessions. Other people, on the other hand, who did not work for these possessions, are unlikely to react on impulse.

The Chayyei Adam (cited by the Mishnah Berurah 234:20) draws the following distinction: If other people intend to exercise their legal rights and keep the food for themselves, they are limited to three meals since, in effect, they are saving their own possessions. However, if their intention is to save the food for the homeowner, then there is no limit on how much they may salvage on his behalf. He argues that even the Rambam would agree that the three-meal limit only applies to someone saving food for himself. We are not concerned that a person saving food for his fellow will become that frantic and extinguish the fire.

About the Author: RABBI YAAKOV KLASS, rav of Congregation K’hal Bnei Matisyahu in Flatbush, Brooklyn, is Torah Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at yklass@jewishpress.com. RABBI GERSHON TANNENBAUM, rav of Congregation Bnai Israel of Linden Heights, Boro Park, Brooklyn, is the Director of Igud HaRabbanim – The Rabbinical Alliance of America.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Daf Yomi”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
A general view of the Bat Ain community at Gush Etzion.
US Pushes PA Agenda and Tells Israel to Cancel New Gush Etzion Town
Latest Judaism Stories
shofar+kotel

If you had an important court date scheduled – one that would determine your financial future, or even your very life – you’d be sure to prepare for weeks beforehand. On Rosh Hashanah, each individual is judged on the merit of his deeds. Whether he will live out the year or not. Whether he will […]

The_United_Nations_Building

It is in the nature of the Nations of the World to be hostile towards the Jewish People.

Taste-of-Lomdus-logo

First, how could a beis din of 23 judges present a guilty verdict in a capital punishment case? After all, only a majority of the 23 judges ruled in favor of his verdict.

Of paramount importance is that both the king and his people realize that while he is the leader, he is still a subject of God.

Untimely News
‘A Mourner Is Forbidden To Wear Shoes…’
(Mo’ed Katan 20b)

Question: The Gemara in Berachot states that the sages authored our prayers. Does that mean we didn’t pray beforehand?

Menachem
Via Email

When a person feels he can control the destiny of other people, he runs the risk of feeling self-important, significant, and mighty.

Needless to say, it was done and they formed a great relationship as his friend and mentor. He started attending services and volunteered his time all along putting on tefillin.

He took me to a room filled with computer equipment and said, “You pray here for as long as you want.” I couldn’t believe my ears.

On Friday afternoon, Dov called Kalman. “Please make sure to return the keys for the car on Motzaei Shabbos,” he said. “We have a bris on Sunday morning and we’re all going. We also need the roof luggage bag.”

On Chol HaMoed some work is prohibited and some is permitted. According to some opinions, the work prohibition is biblical; according to others, it’s rabbinical.

If there is a mitzvas minuy dayanim in the Diaspora, then why is there a difference between Israel and the Diaspora in the number of judges and their distribution?

Judaism is a religion of love but also a religion of justice, for without justice, love corrupts.

The time immediately preceding Mashiach’s arrival is likened to the birth pangs of a woman in labor.

More Articles from Rabbi Yaakov Klass and Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum
Daf-Yomi-logo

Untimely News
‘A Mourner Is Forbidden To Wear Shoes…’
(Mo’ed Katan 20b)

Daf-Yomi-logo

Discretion
‘Vendors Of Fruits And Clothing…May Sell In Private’
(Mo’ed Katan 13b)

An Outcast
‘He Shall Dwell Outside His Tent’
(Moed Katan 7b)

Pondering A Kapandria
“It Should Not Be Used As A Shortcut”
(Megillah 29a)

The Gender Factor
‘Where There Is Loss Of Work…
Three Are Called To The Torah’
(Megillah 22b)

Hallel On Purim?
“Its Reading Is Its Praise”
(Megillah 14a)

Ancient Cities, Ancient Walls
(Megillah 3b-4a)

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/halacha-hashkafa/daf-yomi-62/2013/01/31/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: