As we learned on yesterday’s daf (=page) there is a disagreement regarding the question about when an asham taluy – a conditional guilt-offering – is brought. The Sages rule that this sacrifice is only brought when a person ate hatikhah ahat mi-shtei hatikhot – “a single piece out of two,” where one was permitted and one was forbidden. If, however, there is doubt as to whether the piece was forbidden at all – it was a case of hatikhah ahat, “a single piece” – then an asham taluy would not be brought. Rabbi Eliezer disagrees with this analysis and rules that someone who ate a single piece whose status was questionable is obligated to bring an asham taluy.
An example of this disagreement is presented by the Gemara:
Said Rabbah bar Avuha in the name of Rav: The case where one ate a piece of fat about which there was a doubt whether it was helev (forbidden fat) or permitted fat forms the subject of a dispute between Rabbi Eliezer and the Sages.But why present the case that he ate it? Even if he did not eat it he may offer such a guilt-offering according to Rabbi Eliezer, as we have learnt:Rabbi Eliezer says, A man may freely offer a conditional guilt-offering every day!?
Said Rav Ashi: Rabbi Eliezer follows here the view of Baba ben Buta,of whom we have learnt:But they said unto him, Wait until you come into a state of doubt.
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