Shabbos 58 – שבת נח

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Today’s Daf Yomi Question:

A person can wear a bell sewn on his garment but not around his neck – although it is attached to a band and cannot easily detach (Tosfos); what is the difference between the two?


6 thoughts on “Shabbos 58 – שבת נח

  1. First of all, we know that Chazal usually round off their Takanos and Gezeiros. When they prohibit wearing bells around the neck, it is not connected to the reason. It is a blanket Issur.

    In our case there is more to this. Tosafos said earlier that actually there is always a problem of something coming off, and only when it is sewed into the clothing we don’t make him take it off, since it will most probably stay on anyhow. Tosafos said that for the slave badge, being not that common, we do make him take it off. So, to wear a band specifically for its bells is obviously not like wearing clothing that has bells as part of its design, and it is therefore worse than the slave badge that is sewed into the clothing.

    • A necklace/neckband would be difficult to fold and wear in a manner that would seem to look natural and un-suspicious to the master (who would thus detect the missing emblem) whereas a garmnet may be made to look unassuming even when folded a bit…

        • Shmuel is discussing an insignificant emblem made of ordinary clay that he will not bother carrying with him when broken off. He certainly will not dare to manually remove it since it was made by his master.

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