Pisqa’ 257

Pisqa’ 2571


“You should prepare a handy spot2beyond the camp” (Dt.23:13)—

Actually, handy spot implies a distinct place,

as it is stated [in other contexts]:

“And now he is setting up a handy spot” (1Sam.15:12).

And, moreover, He says:

“Each man at his handy spot, by his banner” (Nu.2:17).

“And you should go out from there beyond the camp” (Dt.23;13)—

[to defecate, but] not when you stand [to urinate].

“And you should pack a spike with your gear3 Dt.23:14)—

actually, gear implies a distinct place for your weapons. 4


“And when you are finished, you shall return to cover your waste”

by digging with the spike” (Dt.23:14).5

Shall I infer that

he should dig with one spike and cover the waste with another?

The Teaching states:

“Digging with the spike” (Dt.23:14)—

[the same spike can be re-used].


R. Shimon says:

How do I know that

a person [in the Galilee]

should not turn his buttocks southward

[towards Jerusalem, while defecating]?6

The Teaching states:

“You shall return to cover your waste” (Dt.23:14).

  1. H:256-257;JN2:185-186.
  2. Heb: yad; literally, “hand.”
  3. Heb: ‘azenekha; “equipment.”
  4. Heb: zaynekha . See H:257, who emends ziyyunekha ( F:281, l. 8).
  5. Cf. T. Meg. 4:25.
  6. Cf. T. Meg. 4:26.