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THOUGHTS ON THE DAILY DAF
brought to you by Kollel Iyun Hadaf of Har Nof
Rosh Kollel: Rav Mordecai Kornfeld
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1) BOILING PRE-COOKED CHICKEN
QUESTION: According to the Mishnah, a food which is already fully cooked
may be soaked in hot water on Shabbos. The Gemara wonders what sort of food
is put into hot water after it is already fully cooked? The Gemara answers
that the chicken of Rav Aba was treated in such a manner.
2) "KULYAS HA'ISPENIN"
Why indeed was the chicken of Rav Aba soaked in hot water if it was already
(a) RASHI appears to explain that in Rav Aba's recipe, the chicken was
cooked in this manner in order to give it prophylactic properties. The
chicken is soaked in hot water not to cook it, but so that it would fully
dissolve in the water, making a healthy, thick chicken soup.
(b) PISKEI RID explains that since Rav Aba's chicken was fed to sick
people, it had to be made extremely soft. Therefore it was soaked in hot
water even though it was fully cooked already.
(c) RABEINU CHANANEL explains that Rav Aba's cooked chicken was very salty.
It was soaked in water in order to wash off some of the salt.
AGADAH: What is the significance of the "Kulyas ha'Ispenin" not returning
to Eretz Yisrael?
(a) Ba'alei Musar explain that in Galus, a Jew must be stubborn in his
commitment to Torah and Mitzvos in order to survive the scoffing of
gentiles. One who is not able to "swim against the current" is apt to,
Rachmona Leitzlan, get washed away from the destiny of his brethren.
(b) On a deeper level, the Aruch (noted in the margin of the Vilna Shas)
explains the Kulyas ha'Ispenin is another name for the Shivuta fish. We are
told (Chulin 109b) that the marrow of a fish called "Shivuta" tastes
exactly like Chazir (pork). Shivuta, then, is an allegorical reference to
Jews who, like the Chazir, "show off their split hooves" but are not
committed to Torah deep inside. Their marrow (i.e., what is hidden deep
inside of their hearts) is likened to a Chazir. (The name "Kulyas" may come
from the word "Kulis" (with a 'Tav'), which means "a bone containing
If a Jew in Galus is not committed to Torah in his heart, even though he
practices the Mitzvos as he should, his family will not be able to resist
the currents of the secular world that surrounds him. (M. Kornfeld)
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