Reading Assignment - Class #22

Please read mitzvot #313 – 325.  Consider the following questions:


Mitzvot #313 and 316:

1.        What is the source verse for each of these mitzvot?  Does each verse delineate a positive or a negative mitzvah?  We have seen several rules for how mitzvot are derived from Biblical verses.  Does the source verse for mitzvah #316 follow those rules?

2.      Beside m’lachah, what activities are prohibited on Yom Kippur?  Which of those activities are prohibited d’oraita and which are prohibited d’rabanan?  (You may find contradictory indications in the mitzvah/essays.)

3.      How much does one have to eat on Yom Kippur to be subject to punishment?  Is that the amount you would have expected? Why that amount? 

4.      The author lists several situations where someone who is ill may eat or drink on Yom Kippur.  What are those situations?



Mitzvah #323:

1.       The Torah designates Succot and Shmini Atzeret as two separate holidays.  In places were holidays are celebrated for two days, there is a problem deciding what to do on the “eighth day.”  What is the problem?  How is that problem resolved?

2.      What activities are prohibited on hol hamoed, the intermediate days of Succot and Passover?  What activities are permitted?  Is there a general rule that explains which is which?

3.      Are the activities that are prohibited on hol hamoed prohibited d’oraita or d’rabanan?

Note:  The author discusses several attempts to derive the prohibition of some work on hol hamoed from Biblical verses.  We will not cover those in detail.