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The Pesach Must Remain In The Alleyways Of Jerusalem - Answer


If you look at Rashi on the Gemara he apparently answers this very question. Remember, Rashi will almost never tell you his question, just his answer. You have to figure out the question. Rashi comments on the words "Chamei Tveria" - "Ma'ayanos Roschin" [boiling springs]. Rashi is bothered, how do you get the Korban Pesach out of Yerushalayim? We are not allowed to remove the Korban Pesach from within the walls? His answer is that the gemara does not mean specifically the hot springs of Tiberias but any hot spring. So the gemara is talking about a hot spring in Yerushalayim. [See the Pri Yitzchak, by Rav Yitzchak Blazer, a disciple of Rav Yisrael Salanter, Vol.1 Simman 20 at the end.]

The Gerrer Rebbe, the Imrei Emes [in his "Michtavei Torah"], answered that the water is taken from Tiberias to Yerushalayim in a thermos by means of which it remains boiling [enabling it to cook the meat]. His problem with that answer is that the rule is that a kli sheni does not cook. The thermos in this case is a kli sheni, so halachically it will not cook the meat [yet the gemara says that the meat is cooked].

Others answer that the gemara is talking about the period when bamos [private alters] were permitted [before the Beis Hamikdash was built]. So the Pesach was actually brought in Tiberias. [Mareh Kohen]

Much discussion has taken centered around this question and of course we only touched the tip of the iceberg.

I must note that our brilliant commenters came up with all of the aforementioned answers on their own!!

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