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PESACHIM 25 (8 Av) - Dedicated l'Iluy Nishmas Mrs. Lily (Leah bas Pinchas) Kornfeld, who passed away on 8 Av 5765, by her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Andy Koenigsberg and family. May Lily and her husband's love for Torah and for Eretz Yisrael continue in all of their descendants.


1. The Gemara discusses the case of a potted plant of grains with a hole in it that was carried through a vineyard.
2. The Gemara differentiates between the case above (#1) and grains planted in a vineyard.
3. One may not be healed from Avodah Zarah, such as from Asheirah wood, even if his life is in danger.
4. Similarly, one may not be healed, even at risk of one's life, through murder or illicit relations.
5. Ravina smeared his daughter with young olives of Orlah to cure her from a disease.


1. A potted plant with a hole is considered to be connected to the ground. If, while passing through the vineyard, the contents of the pot grew 1/200 of its original size, the contents of the pot become forbidden.
2. If the grains take root, they are automatically forbidden (as Kil'ei ha'Kerem).
3. This is derived from the verse, "And you shall love Hashem. with all your soul," teaching that even if He takes your soul, you should not transgress your love for Him (through benefiting from or serving idolatry).
4. Illicit relations is derived from the comparison between saving a rape victim and murder, and comparing illicit relations to murder. Murder itself is logical, since there is no way to know whose life is worth more.
5. Even though fruit of Orlah is forbidden from benefit, the sickness overrode the prohibition. Alternatively, Ravina maintained that it was not the normal way to benefit from these young olives, and therefore it was permitted.

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