Snake oven




The Gemara on Bava Metzia 59 discusses the case of a tanur shel akhnai - a "snake oven" - that was made of separate pieces and then placed together with sand between the pieces. There is an argument in the Gemara as to whether the oven loses its status as an existing oven when taken apart and rebuilt or whether it is considered an oven throughout, since it was made to be taken apart in this way.


(This image was taken from the Hebrew edition of the Steinsaltz Talmud, Tractate Bava Metzia, page 247. To order your copy of the Steinsaltz Talmudclick here (Hebrew site), contact your local Jewish bookstore, or e-mail Milta Books at