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Eruv – A new view of private property

One is not allowed to carry on Shabbat between a “public domain” and a “private domain”. However, the definition of these domains is counterintuitive. A private domain is defined be being enclosed by walls, even if used by many people. Even a whole city can be a private domain if it is enclosed by walls…

Mishneh Torah

The bad laws of the Torah? – Hilchot Shabbat 2:3

כשעושים דברים אלו, אין עושין אותן לא על ידי גויים, ולא על ידי קטנים, ולא על ידי עבדים, ולא על ידי נשים–כדי שלא תהא שבת קלה בעיניהם; אלא על ידי גדולי ישראל וחכמיהם.  ואין מורין לנשים לעשות דברים אלו.  ואסור להתמהמה בחילול שבת, לחולה שיש בו סכנה, שנאמר “אשר יעשה אותם האדם וחי בהם” (ויקרא…

Mishneh Torah

Which comes first, the fruit or the bread?

The Mishnah begins its discussion of the Brachot on food with the Blessings before eating. Similarly, it starts by talking about different types of produce, with bread as a subtype of things which grow from the ground. The mishnah asks about blessings on produce, without even mentioning the category of “Birkot Hanaah”, blessings on pleasure/benefit….