Jan 252017

A version of the previous sugya is brought – in the exact opposite direction – the gemara leans toward the explanation that mechitza means to split the property and it is a property that is small (less than 4 amot by 4 amot for each side).  As a result, various questions are brought on that reading, much like in the previous sugya where the gemara sided with the explanation that mechitza is a wall and various questions were brought on that interpretation.  The size of the bricks and stones mentioned in the mishna is discussed.  Then a halacha of Rav Chisda is brought: one cannot knock down a shul unless one already has a new shul in its place.  This leads in to a story about Herod.

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