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Kesuvos 26

KESUVOS 26 & 27 (6th and 7th days of Pesach) - have been generously dedicated by Dick and Beverly Horowitz of Los Angeles. May they be blessed with a life of joy and much Nachas from their very special children and grandchildren.

1) [line 1] B'MESI'ACH LEFI TUMO - One who speaks in passing without intent to testify
2) [line 5] V'HIFSHITUNI ES KUTANTI - and they removed my cloak (I was undressed for Tevilah)

3) [line 7] BEDEILIN MIMENI - (lit. they avoided me) They were careful not to touch me

4) [line 10] MA'ASER RISHON
(a) After a crop is harvested and brought to the owner's house or yard, he must separate Terumah from the crop and give it to a Kohen. (Only kosher Kohanim -- to the exclusion of Chalalim -- and their wives and servants may eat Terumah.) Although the Torah does not specify the amount to be given, the Rabanan set the requirement at one fiftieth of the total crop.
(b) After Terumah is removed from the produce, the first tithe to be given every year is called Ma'aser Rishon; one tenth of the produce must be given to a Levi.

5) [line 16] V'DILMA IKRU V'YAHAVU LEI - Perhaps by chance they gave it (the Ma'aser) to him

According to the majority, and Halachic, opinion, Ma'aser Rishon does not have Kedushah. It may be eaten both Tamei and Tahor, and by any person. Rebbi Meir (Yevamos 74a and elsewhere), however, argues and maintains that Ma'aser Rishon does have Kedushah. According to him, Ma'aser Rishon may only be eaten by Leviyim or Kohanim, and even they may not eat it if they are Arelim (uncircumcised). Rebbi Meir agrees, however, that Ma'aser Rishon may be eaten when it is Tamei (TOSFOS Yevamos 86b DH Mi).

7) [line 21] TORAS CHALUKAH - (lit. in the form of a distribution) Although a Zar may eat Ma'aser, the Ma'aser must be distributed to a Levi


8) [line 1] V'ASKINEI - We elevated him [to the Kehunah]
9) [line 2] V'ACHTINEI - We removed him [from the Kehunah]
10) [line 4] B'MEICHASH L'ZILUSA D'VEI DINA - With concern over the mockery of Beis Din (by repeated reversals of their rulings)

11) [line 17] SHE'NECHBESHAH - who was taken prisoner
12) [line 21] SHE'YAD YISRAEL TAKIFAH - When the hand of the Jews is in control (over the Nochrim)

13) [line 22] YAD OVDEI KOCHAVIM TAKIFAH AL ATZMAN - The non-Jews are self-ruling

14) [line 25] SHE'HURHENAH - was taken for ransom

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