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Honor and Delight of Shabbat

Fascinating Principles in Talmudic Analysis

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Honor and Delight of Shabbat: Fascinating Principles in Talmudic Analysis

The Talmud offers two examples to highlight the principle that personal involvement is preferred in the performance of a Mitzvah. In this class we discover the fascinating depth the Talmud conveys by specifically referencing these two citations to support this principle.
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Rabbi Binyomin Bitton Vancouver May 1, 2020

why 2 examples
Hi Yaniv,

Thank you for your comment.

This is a possible explanation, based on this lesson and the Alter Rebbe:

The Talmud brought these two examples, because these two differ from all the other ones. The Talmud is hinting that there is something unique about these two, compared to all the other ones.

In other words: If the Talmud was merely bringing examples to the concept "out of the list" listed in Shabbat, then why two? Why these two specifically? Why not just one? Why not the first one?

Now however that we understand – thanks to the Alter Rebbe – that there is something unique about these two, and that ONLY these two can serve as an example for our subject in Kiddushin, we can appreciate why the Talmud brought these two examples specifically. Perhaps then, as mentioned, by bringing the two and not just one of them, the Talmud is hinting that there is something in common between those two, that doesn't exist in all the other ones.

I hope this clarifies your question. Reply

Yaniv netanya israel April 29, 2020

what about the q why talmod bring 2 examples and not only one ? Reply

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