Eruvin 53 – עירובין נג

Keitzad me’abrin – what is the significance to whether it is spelled with an ‘Alef’ (denoting limbs) or an ‘Ayin’ (expectant woman)?

Rebbi Yehoshua refrained from the salty beans, explaining that he had already eaten.  This (untruth) was permitted to avoid embarrassing his host.  But would she not realize (at some later point when consuming the beans) that he had simply avoided the salty dish?

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