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V. mai ta ama. 41. 3, and cf. the talmudicdiscussions of these mishnayot. Forpost-tannaiticsupportfor this viewpoint, see n. 42. 236 "Designation is Significant" where in this sugya. 45Needless to say,adoptingsuch a viewpointwould effectively neutralizemany and perhapsmost of the objectionsraised in our sugya. 3: The source case adducedhere to supportRava'sviewpoint is also problematic (although,once again, the difficulties do not warrantautomaticdismissal of this case). One such source, a baraitafound in the Toseftaand cited elsewhere in the Talmud,46was suggested by Rashi:47 hassaidnoththiscupis foridolatry" Onewhosays"Thishouseis foridolatry, ing, for there is no consecration for idolatry [ein heqdesh la-'avodah zarah].

12. Accordingto some commentators(so alreadyPenei Moshe), (3) addressesthe same issue as the next partof the sugya-whether designationfor sacreduse is effective, and not whetherdesignation for sacred use is necessary. However,even if this interpretationis accepted--and it is highly problematic(see the previous notes, although a more detailed analysis of this view lies beyond the 230 "Designation is Significant" necessaryto sanctifyan object for ritualuse, althoughthe object in questionmight not assume its sacredstatusuntil it is actuallyused.

Rava... However,this might be an expanded paraphraseof the Talmudratherthan a verbatimcitation;note that no such readingis found in any of the extantwitnesses to the text. 61To be sure, some sages in PT (the matteris disputedthere)62apparentlymaintainthat designation of appurtenancesfor idol worshipis ineffective, and hence these sages had to explain away the relevantmishnaic rulings, althoughthese explanationsclearly do not reflect the plain sense of the relevanttannaiticsources. 64Now, most of the designatedobjects discussed in our sugya are apparently 56.

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