Learning continued as normal this week, as first- and second-year students moved from issues of sechita to issues relating to writing and erasing. One classic application of this is cutting and eating cakes with writing on them, which is different from normal erasing in the it is fully destructive and in addition does not remove the writing and leave the background behind but completely destroys the entire object, points raised by Rabbi Akiva Eiger. Nevertheless, the ruling of the Shulkhan Arukh and the widespread practice is to be careful to avoid this. Third- and fourth-year students studied the issues around the waiting period between meat and milk, how it developed and the different positions and customs related to this practice.
In the build-up to Purim students have been taking turns doing a 5 minute Purim shpiel after mincha each day, and they have truly been hilarious. We are looking forward to Monday, Shushan Purim, when we will have our Purim chagigah and full-length Purim shpiels!
And finally, a mazal tov to Rachel and Rabbi Ben Berger (YCT 2009) on the birth of a baby girl! This makes number 4! Shetizku li'gadlah li'Torah li'chuppah u'li'ma'asim tovim!