Shabbat 2 – Carrying on Shabbat, a funny place to start?

A very exciting day as we start the second tractate of the Talmud. You may have decided that Daf Yomi was a good idea and Brachot is a good (and fascinating) place to start and a relatively short tractate, however now we enter a longer and in many ways more challenging tractate. So hang in there and enjoy the ride!

Hope you noticed that the header of the blog has changed for the new tractate!

The first question many ask in relation to the first daf/Mishnah of the tractate is why the redactors open a book about shabbat with a discussion of the halachot of carrying objects from one domain to another. The Koren has a useful note on this:

“Several reasons were given for the fact that the tractate opens specifically with the prohibited labor of carrying out from domain to domain (see Tosafot). Some explained that the reason is because the tractate, in general, is ordered chronologically  and begins with a discussion of matters prohibited immediately when Shabbat begins. One of the matters that requires immediate attention is the prohibition of carrying out, and therefore it was necessary to cite this halakha first (Rabbeinu Tam; Ran; Rashba). Others explained that since the matter of carrying out is derived from the verse, “A man should not go out of his place” (Exodus 16:29), which is mentioned in the Torah prior to the rest of the prohibited labours of Shabbat, the Sages introduced it earlier in the Mishna (Penei Yehoshua).”

Shabbat shalom


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I am an Osteopath and University Lecturer who is trying to keep up with the 7 year daf yomi cycle. I thought I would try and share a few small thought on the daf each week.
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