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Between "issura" and "mamona" – To the Roots of Differentiation


  • Itzhak Brand


Priestly gifts, gifts to the poor, Rights and responsibilities, issura, mamona


The differentiation between "issura" (prohibition) and "mamona" (money) as divided areas of halakhah is rarely discussed in research. This article traces the roots of this distinction in the Babylonian Talmud.

The distinction appears on behalf of certain Amora (as opposed to stam Talmud), only in five issues. On these issues in the BT, and in their parallels in the PT, it appears that the early Talmud apparently did not distinguish between "issura" and "mamona". The distinction is recognized and developed, beginning with the third generation of the Babylonian Amoraim, and especially by Rava and his disciples.

It turns out that the common denominator of all the five issues is halakhic doubts. At the end of the article we attempt to explain why the conditions of uncertainty are the appropriate halakhic space for the establishment of the dividing wall between the "(of) prohibition" and the "financial" sections of halakhah.




How to Cite

Brand, I. (2023). Between "issura" and "mamona" – To the Roots of Differentiation. Sidra, 35, 50. Retrieved from