Eruvin 9 – Some things shouldn’t be learned in the Study Hall

If a certain statement of a Tanna or an Amora is not Halakha why do we learn it? I have been asked this many times. One of the classic arguments is that minority opinions are stated so that future generations can rely on them in cases of need. A further reason given is that the Talmud explores the extremes of each case in order to learn the halakha in any given situation.

אמר ליה פוק תני לברא

said to him: Exit [and] teach [this halakha] outside. [i.e. this baraita is not in accordance with the accepted halakha, and therefore it should not be made part of the regular learning in the study hall.

So what exactly are we supposed to do with most of the Talmud?


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One Response to Eruvin 9 – Some things shouldn’t be learned in the Study Hall

  1. Michael Taub says:

    I view it as part of the process of figuring out the halacha. Obviously there some principles that guide the halachic process and each Rav has a particular view or priority in applying these principles. This is a difficlut process as one has to be aware of all (relevant) mishnayot & braitot, along with the teachings of previous rabbanim in order to express a valid educated opinion. As each Rav will not see the interplay between all these in the same way, differences need to be discussed and resolved.

    This then serves as a learning tool for the rest of us on how all these various aspects of Torah SheBe’al Peh relate to each other and Torah SheBichtav. With the ultimate (unachievable) goal of being able to understand the Torah as whole.

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