Audio Roundup 2024:13

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by Joel Rich

The gemara in chulin (105b) has a series of cases where abaye originally had a rationalist reason for certain practices (eg handwashing) and Raba corrected (?) him and gave an esoteric reason. While there’s discussion of the individual cases in the commentaries, I didn’t see any overarching discussion of Abaye’s original approach (why?) or his (possible) acceptance of Raba’s approach. Any citations or thought?

Any philosophical explanation as to why no tachanun the mincha prior to rosh chodesh etc.

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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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