- the rabbis compare vessels and their status of ritual purity when they belong to Gentiles with idols
- they discuss when the vessel/idol becomes forbidden, where the vessels/idols are located compared to the mountains (up high) and closeness to "the gods", whether one is cursed from the time that s/he fashioned the vessel/idol, etc.
- the rabbis discuss the importance of a learned judge hearing these cases
- they wonder what should happen if one finds pieces of a broken idol
- they discuss who owned the idol before it was broken, its status when reassembled
- does the state of ritual purity of an idol ever change?
- the rabbis wonder if a vessel that might have been used for idolatry can be later used in the Temple
- these vessels are compared with other things that might be forbidden in the Temple including stones, rocks and coins
- can idols that were nullified be used in the Temple? Could they be reannoited with oil?
- the rabbis assert that Gentiles can nullify their own or another Gentile's idolatry
- no one human being can nullify a Jew's idolatry
Thursday, 8 March 2018
Avodah Zara 52: Vessels, Idols, Ritual Purity, Changing Status
Brief points from today's daf: