Today’s daf had two interesting mishna’s. The first Mishna dealt wiht if someone makes a neder not to enter a house, can he enter the “Aliyah” or attic-top part. The word aliyah is intersting because it implies a higher level of spirituality. It implies an elevation in sanctity.
The Shikkerdovid was intrigued by use of the word itself and the thought that you could be probibited from using a house, but not the attic. First of all how do you get to the attic withou going thourght the house? Isnt is understood that the attic is part of the house. Then the good Rabbi giving the daf reminded us of the sitatuion with Termuah and Maaser. One only becomes obligated in separating termuah/Maaser when produce comes in throught the doorway. If one brings through the skylight, the stuff is not obligated in terumah-kohan gifts Therefore, the normal way to enter into the house is through the door, the aberration is the sklyight or attic.
How odd, the lowly and overtrodden doorway is the manner which obligates maaser/termuah while the aliyah or sklylight does not. Furthermore, the question of whether the attic is part of the house for purposes of a neder makes the question even stronger.
The Shikkerdovid would like to weigh in. The house is the foundation. There is no attic (Aliyah) without the foundation. In regards to the Termuah, there is no holiness or sactity without the mundane house. The house forms a basis for the growth that leads to the aliyah or spiritual elevation. The question the neder poses, opens the door (no pun intended) for a bigger issue, what is foundational, the house (bayit) or the attic (aliyah).