Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Temple, Beauty and Natural Preservation

Today’s daf yomi (Tamid 28-29) discussed the type of wood used to burn the sacrifices on the alter. The fruit bearing trees, such as olive trees, are prohibited. The best answer given for the prohibition is that cutting down such … Continue reading

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The Torah Method of Rebuke-First Be a Friend

Everyone knows that there is a mitzvah to rebuke someone when there are transgressing the Torah. Today’s daf in Tamid tells us that giving rebuke is a praiseworthy endeavor. This is very hard understand. On the samet daf, Rabbi Yochananan … Continue reading

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Holiness Must Be Guarded

The Shikker Dovid wants to share a very simple lesson learned from today’s daf yomi, Tamid daf 2 and 3. The mishna states that a few young kohanim must always be present int he Beit hamikdash to stand watch. The … Continue reading

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The Cave of Lag B’Omer and the Plato’s Cave

The Shikker Dovid notes the following: The cave story of Shimon Bar Yochai is central to Lag B’omer. On Daf 33b of masechest Shabbos, it is related that Shimon Bar Yochai and his son spend 12 years in a cave … Continue reading

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That’s “Amore”

The Shikker Dovid wants to share an idea he heard from the holy Rabbi Allen Schwartz of OZ. Rabbi Schwartz says the word ’emor’ (as in our parsha this week) is connected to love. As in “amore. The Torah exhorts … Continue reading

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The Birds and Friendship

Today the Shikker dovid has begun learning with daf yomi, the misha of kinnem. It deals with the bird offerings, which are typically brought by women after they give birth. The mishna deals with situations where the birds brought to … Continue reading

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Ezekiel, the Sabbath and Social Responsibility

The Shikker Dovid is intrigued by the order which Ezekiel chastises the leaders of Israel in their bad behavior from the Haftorah of Achrei Mos. “toward the stranger you have acted oppressively; ¬†orphan and widow ¬†have they wronged within you; … Continue reading

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