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1) [line 1] TUM'AS OCHLIN
(a) All foods become Tamei if they touch a source of Tum'ah, but only after
they first become wet. From then on, even after they dry, they can still
(b) Seven liquids can enable foods to become Tamei: water, dew, oil, wine,
milk, blood, and honey.
(c) The minimum amount of food that can become Tamei is a k'Beitzah.
2) [line 3] MAI SHINAH HA'KASUV B'MASHMA'O - what does the Beraisa mean when
it states that the terminology of the verse (Vayikra 23:29) is changed; that
an abnormal formulation is used?
3) [line 11] BEN PEKU'AH - an animal that is taken out alive from its
slaughtered mother's womb
4) [line 11] TA'UN KERI'AH - it needs to be killed (lit. it needs tearing)
[and its blood needs to be extracted]
5) [line 12] BEITZAS BAR YUCHNI - the egg of a Bar Yuchni, (the name of a
very large bird)
6) [line 12] TAFASTA MERUBAH LO TAFASTA, TAFASTA MU'AT TAFASTA
(a) This principle states that if you rule according to (lit. take hold of)
the larger amount you will not be able to retain that ruling (lit. to grasp
it). If you rule according to (lit. take hold of) the smaller amount you
will be able to retain that ruling (lit. to grasp it). That is, where the
verse is teaching a number (quantity) but it is unclear what that number is,
we assume that it is referring to the smaller number.
(b) The logic behind this principle is that if one is faced with a choice of
two numbers and is in doubt which to choose, choosing the smaller number is
always preferable, regardless of which of the two numbers was actually the
correct one (because included in the larger number is the smaller one). On
the other hand, if the larger number is chosen, and the smaller one was the
correct one, then an error will be made because the smaller number does not
include the larger one. (RASHI and TOSFOS to Chagigah 17a)
7) [line 13] BEI'ASA D'TZIPORTA - a small bird (possibly a humming bird),
the egg of which is smaller than a chicken egg
8) [line 16] BEIS HA'BELI'AH - the throat
9) [line 19] V'YARBEH B'SHI'URIN - and they will increase the Torah
10) [line 22] HA'SHAV M'YEDI'ASO - a person who would have refrained from
transgressing had he known that it was forbidden (and in the case of our
Gemara, at the time that he transgressed, it was not possible to know that
the act was forbidden, because it was not forbidden. It was only forbidden
because of Chatzi Shiur; it was not forbidden to the extent that he would
have to bring a Korban.)
11) [line 33] YABETZ - this person is mentioned in Divrei Hayamim I 4:10.
The Gemara in Temurah 16a identifies him as Osni'el ben Kenaz, the first
Shofet, who was the half-brother and son-in-law of Kalev ben Yefuneh. The
Gemara in Temurah relates that during the mourning period for Moshe Rabeinu,
many Halachos and teachings of the Torah were forgotten. Osni'el ben Kenaz
reinstated them with his keen reasoning
12) [line 43] KEDEI GEMI'AH - the amount of liquid in one swallow
13) [line 45] MELO LUGMAV DACHUK - the amount of liquid that fits into one
cheek when it is restricted to its normal size (and not stretched out)
14) [line 1] KI ITSHIL - when the question (of the minimum Shi'ur for
liquids) was asked [in the Beis ha'Midrash]
15) [line 13] BASAR SHAMEN - (tasty) fatty meat
16) [line 13] LULEVEI GEFANIM - (O.F. vedile) tendrils; thin, edible
branches of the grape vine (RASHI Shabbos 81a)
17) [line 17] BI'CHDEI ACHILAS PERAS
(a) The Torah specifies a Shi'ur for which a person who eats this amount of
a prohibited food item is liable to be punished (a k'Zayis). Similarly, the
Torah also specifies the amount of time in which the Isur must be eaten in
order to be liable. This amount of time is called "Kedei Achilas Peras," and
is defined as the amount of time that it takes to eat three - or four -
Beitzim of bread with relish, while reclining. A person who eats a k'Zayis
of Isur in more than this amount of time is exempt from punishment, exactly
as if he ate a Chatzi Shi'ur (Kerisus 12b).
(b) This amount of time applies not only to when the Isur is eaten all by
itself, but also when it is eaten in a mixture. If a person eats a k'Zayis
of the Isur within the amount of time that it takes to eat a Peras of the
entire mixture, he is punished (Pesachim 44a, Avodah Zarah 67a).
(c) The Rishonim argue in the case where an item of Isur is mixed together
with items of Heter such that one will *not* eat a k'Zayis during the time
of Kedei Achilas Peras. Some rule that eating a k'Zayis of this mixture also
incurs a punishment. Others rule that it does not, but it is nevertheless a
Lav of the Torah, or an Aseh (TOSFOS Chulin at the top of 99a). RASHI
(Pesachim 45a DH v'Rebbi Akiva) rules that such a mixture is prohibited only
mid'Rabanan, according to many Tana'im.
18) [line 22] TUM'AS GEVIYAH
The Chachamim decreed that a person who eats a half-Pras (2 k'Beitzim) of
food that is Tamei may not eat Terumah. He makes Terumah Pesulah if he
19) [line 27] UMTZA U'MILCHA - roast meat with salt for taste (See Rashi to
Kidushin 30a DH Lo Ta'im Umtza and Rambam Hilchos Shevisas Asor 2:7.
Accordingly, the question of the Bi'ur Halachah 612 DH Achal Ochlim is
20) [line 29] TZIR - brine
21) [line 31] KOL ACHSHUREI UCHLA - anything that flavors a food
22) [line 34] ZAR SHE'ACHAL TERUMAH (TASHLUMEI TERUMAH)
(a) After a crop is harvested and brought to the owner's house or yard, the
owner must separate Terumah from the crop, which he gives to a Kohen.
Kohanim and members of their households are allowed to eat Terumah, as long
as they are Tehorim.
(b) If a non-Kohen eats Terumah without knowing that it is Terumah, he must
replace what he ate in the form of a food that becomes Terumah (Tashlumei
Terumah). He returns the amount of Terumah that he ate to the Kohen who
owned the Terumah (see Insights to the Daf, Pesachim 32). In addition, he is
fined another Chomesh (fifth) of the ensuing total (i.e. a quarter of the
value of what he ate). This Chomesh may be paid to any Kohen (Terumos 6:2),
and is not necessarily given to the Kohen who owned the Terumah that was
(c) If the person ate Terumah in an abnormal fashion, such as by drinking
olive oil, he only pays the value of the Terumah that was destroyed (i.e.
the normal Halachah of damages applies to him, and not the laws of Tashlumei
(d) A non-Kohen who eats or benefits from Terumah b'Mezid (intentionally)
pays the value of the Terumah destroyed (i.e. the normal Halachah of damages
applies to him, and not Tashlumei Terumah), and incurs the punishment of
Misah b'Yedei Shamayim (Sanhedrin 83a).