If you look at every daf (page) of Gemara (on the standard Vilna edition), it says "pork", followed by a number.

pork page

Can the Gemara really be telling us that pork is okay, to the extent that sometimes it says you can have 24?

Why do we have written on top of every page a food that is prohibited in the Torah?

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This isn't telling us that you should eat pig (chazir), rather it is reminding us to always chazer (review) what we learn.


It’s actually a English word “park” meaning to stay on that specific page and don’t get up until you know it clearly.


פרק is actually an abreviation of porcupine, which in Hebrew is דרבן. Now this word has many meanings. The word can mean to spur, meaning you should be michazek yourself. It can also mean prick to remind yourself to always do teshuva. The word דרבן is also short for דרבנן. That is to teach you to always revere the rabbis and not to make light of their words. As we see, even in one word there are so many hidden messages the rabbis are teaching us.

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