web analytics
September 20, 2014 / 25 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
Judaism
Sponsored Post
Apartment 758x530 Africa-Israel at the Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York

Africa Israel Residences, part of the Africa Israel Investments Group led by international businessman Lev Leviev, will present 7 leading projects on the The Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York on Sep 14-15, 2014.



On Beginning Pesachim In Daf Yomi

As we start Pesachim in the study of Daf Yomi, we see that the Torah commands us to remove leavened bread, chametz, on Erev Pesach, in order to ensure that chametz will be neither seen nor found on our premises during the Yom Tov. The removal of chametz is achieved either by renouncing one’s ownership over it, bitul, or by physically destroying it, biyur. The rabbis established a procedure that combines both bitul and biyur.

Bitul chametz is performed on the evening of the 14th of Nissan. The ceremony commences with the searching for chametz, known as bedikat chametz. This is done by the head of the family by means of a candle that can reach dark recesses of the house. Before searching, the blessing Al Biyur Chametz is recited. After searching, the Kol Chamirah declaration is recited, the effect of which is to nullify any chametz one may have missed. During the fifth halachic hour, on the morning of the fourteenth of Nissan, biyur chametz is performed by burning all chametz in one’s possession that one does not intend to sell to a non-Jew, including the chametz recovered in the search the night before.

Because Pesach cleaning will likely have removed all chametz before bedikat chametz begins, the rabbis were concerned that the reciting of the blessing Al Biyur Chametz might be wasted if no chametz were found in the search. Therefore, some rabbis, including the Rema, recommend strategically placing ten pieces of chametz in various corners of the house before commencing the search. Others criticize this practice because one may forget where one placed them, or one may focus on retrieving them rather than looking for genuinely misplaced chametz. The practice has, however, survived the criticism and is generally accepted. If one forgets where one has placed a piece of chametz it is of no grave concern, since the recital of Kol Chamirah has a nullifying effect.

The Acharonim discuss whether a flashlight, instead of a candle flame, may be used for bedikat chametz. According to some authorities, a flashlight is prohibited because its broad light beam resembles a flaming torch, an avukah, which, like the Havdalah candle, was made of several parallel wicks. The Talmud in Pesachim expressly prohibits the use of the avukah for bedikat chametz. Furthermore, such authorities argue that the light from the bulb streaming through the glass of the flashlight is like the light streaming through a windowpane, which may not be used for bedikat chametz. Additionally, they contend that a flame is required for bedikat chametz and an electric or battery-produced light is not a flame.

Other halachic authorities, such as Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and the Shaarim Hametzuyonim Behalacha, quote authorities who permit the use of an electric light or a flashlight not only for bedikat chametz but also for the lighting of Shabbat candles. These authorities argue that an electric light and a flashlight do not resemble the avukah and that turning them on and off on Shabbat is biblically prohibited under the av melachah of kindling and extinguishing fire. That being so, such sources of light can also be used for the above described purposes, including bedikat chametz. Indeed, it is told that Rav Chaim Soloveitchik would make Havdalah with an electric light.

About the Author: Raphael Grunfeld’s book, “Ner Eyal on Seder Moed” (distributed by Mesorah) is available at OU.org and your local Jewish bookstore. His new book, “Ner Eyal on Seder Nashim & Nezikin,” will be available shortly.


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 “On Beginning Pesachim In Daf Yomi”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Protest rally against Metropolitan Opera staging Death of Klinghoffer on 9/22 at 4:30 pm at the Met.
For Grass Roots Klinghoffer Protest 9/22, Jewish Establishment MIA
Latest Judaism Stories
Hertzberg-092614

Perhaps the most important leadership lesson Elkana taught us is to never underestimate the difference a single person can make.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch-NEW

“he’s my rabbi” the Black painter said with pride, pulling out a photo of the Rebbe from his wallet

Rabbi Avi Weiss, head of theYeshivat Chovevei Torah. Rabbi Asher Lopatin will be replacing him as head of the school.

The Torah notes that even when we are dispersed God will return us to Him.

Rabbi Sacks

Simply, for Rambam the number 14 (2×7) was his favored organizing principle.

One of the cornerstones of our Jewish life is chesed, kindness. Chesed can only be taught by example

Our understanding of what is and what is not possible creates imagined ceilings of opportunity for us.

This young, innocent child gave me a powerful, warm surge of energy and strength.

The Chafetz Chaim answered that there are two forms of teshuvah; teshuvah m’ahava and teshuvah m’yirah.

Question: I recently loaned money to a friend who has been able to repay only part of it. This was an interest-free loan. We exchanged a signed IOU, not a proper shtar with witnesses, since I have always trusted her integrity and only wanted a document that confirms what was loaned and what was repaid. Now that shemittah is approaching, what should I do? Should I forgive the loan? And if my friend is not able to repay it, may I deduct the unpaid money from my ma’aser requirement?

Name Withheld

A Role Reversal
‘Return, O Wayward Sons…’
(Chagigah 15a)

When the Kleins returned, however, they were dismayed to see that the renters did a poor job cleaning up after themselves.

In Parshas Re’eh the Torah tells us about the bechira to adhere to the commandments of Hashem and refrain from sin. In Parshas Nitzavim, the Torah tells us that we have the choice to repent after we have sinned.

As Moshe is about to die, why does God tell him about how the Israelites will ruin everything?

Jonah objected to God accepting repentance based on ulterior motives and likely for short duration.

This week’s parsha offers a new covenant; a covenant that speaks to national life unlike any other

More Articles from Raphael Grunfeld
Grunfeld-Raphael-logo

If mourning is incompatible with Yom Tov, why is it not incompatible with Shabbat?

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.

Based on the opinion of the Ramban, the Territorial School believes that leaving any territory of the Land of Israel in the possession of non-Jews is a violation of a biblical mandate.

To properly fulfill the mitzvah of listening to the megillah, each word must be heard.

If the only person available to perform the milah on the eighth day is a person who is not an observant Jew, the milah should be postponed until a devout mohel is available.

The kohen gadol may not enter the Temple unless his hair is cut every seven days.

A commonly employed and permissible device regarding the prohibition of wearing fresh clothes during the Nine Days is to don them for a moment or two before the Nine Days.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/halacha-hashkafa/on-beginning-pesachim-in-daf-yomi/2013/06/20/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: