Friday, 18 April 2014

beitza 16

revealed and concealed gifts & food

who needs to know? the donor or the recipient?

(can a gift be anonymous? the example of shabbat as a known gift from God is compared to Moses not knowing his God-given gift of a radiant face. the secret gift will eventually be revealed. also discussed is the case of gifting a small child with food and then daubing blue on the the child's eye so the mother will ask who has given to her child - it's a little creepy. the talmud says: Witchcraft! to paint eyes. I think it is creepy in other ways - later in the page the case of eruv tavshilin is discussed, if the person who makes the eruv if they need to know who they are preparing this for)

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