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PESACHIM 2-5 - Two weeks of study material have been dedicated by Mrs. Estanne Abraham Fawer to honor the sixth Yahrzeit of her father, Reb Mordechai ben Eliezer Zvi (Rebbi Morton Weiner) Z'L, who passed away 18 Teves 5760. May the merit of supporting and advancing Dafyomi study, which was so important to him, during the weeks of his Yahrzeit serve as an Iluy for his Neshamah.


1. The Gemara discusses what the verse means when it calls the fourteenth of Nisan, "Rishon" -- "the first."
2. Rebbi Yishmael states that as a reward for the three statements of "Rishon," Bnei Yisrael received three things that are called "Rishon."
3. One is not allowed to own Chametz from the time that one may slaughter the Korban Pesach.
4. Rebbi Akiva maintains that one must destroy his Chametz by burning.
5. One is not allowed to have any Chametz in his possession on Pesach.


1. Rav Nachman: It means the first day (the fourteenth, which is a festive day in its own right due to the bringing of the Korban Pesach) before the seven days of Pesach.
2. As a reward for observing Pesach, Sukos, and Arba'as ha'Minim, about which the Torah says "Rishon," Bnei Yisrael merit to vanquish the children of Esav who are called "Rishon," to build the Beis ha'Mikdash that is called "Rishon," and to merit the coming of Mashi'ach who is described as "Rishon."
3. This is derived from the verse, "You should not slaughter on Chametz the blood of my sacrifice," implying that one may not own Chametz at the time that is fit for slaughtering the Korban Pesach.
4. Accordingly, Rebbi Akiva says that it is clear the Torah requires that we burn the Chametz before Yom Tov, because burning it on Yom Tov would be a desecration of Yom Tov.
5. However, he is allowed to see Chametz that belongs to Nochrim.

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