Talmud Tips

For the week ending 27 July 2013 / 19 Av 5773

Pesachim 37 - 43

by Rabbi Moshe Newman
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Rabbi Oshia said, “It is a mitzvah with chazeret.”

Although the mishna lists a number of bitter herbs that are acceptable for the mitzvah of eating maror at the Pesach Seder, rabbi Oshia teaches that the best choice is chazeret - Romaine lettuce.

  • Pesachim 39a

Rava taught, “What is ‘chazeret’ – ‘chasa’, and why use chasa? Because G-d had mercy (chas) on us and took us out of slavery in Egypt.”

  • Pesachim 39a

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