Monthly Archives: November 2012

Power Ball and Sanhedrin 24B

The Robot Rabbi has chastised the Shikker Dovid for coming out against powerball. The Robot Rabbi cited the practice of Reb Yisroel Salanter of buying lottery tickets. The Shikker Dovid would like to point to a Mishna in Sanhedrin, page … Continue reading

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One of the Strangest Talmudic stories Ever… and Power Ball

On page 53 of Tractate Shabbat ( I think that is the page) the talmud tells a tragic story of a man who loses his wife and is unable to pay for someone to nurse his new born baby. Gd … Continue reading

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Learning how to observe Shabbat from animals

On page 51 of tractate Shabbat we are taught that certain collars or rings may be placed on animals for them to wear on Shabbat. The critical measure is amount of restraint it puts on an animal. Even animals need … Continue reading

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Finding the Goood

In Parshat Vayatze, the Ramban compares Lavan to Yitro in the treatment of his daughters. The Ramban says that Lavan was more modest by his daughter Leah than Yitro’s daughter’s because he did not send her to pasture the flock. … Continue reading

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The” Burden”of True Holiness

The Haftorah of parshat Toldot is the beginning of Malachi. The book begins: The burden of the word of Gd to Malachi.” The chapter then goes to chastise and really “ream” the Kohanim who do not act properly and the … Continue reading

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Prayer and Our Needs

In the beginning of parshat Toldot, we are told that Rachel was “barren” and that Isaac prayed for her and she conceived. A close reading the of the pasuk indicates the order is switched: Chapter 25 , pasuk 21 says: … Continue reading

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We can Learn Good from All Jews and be senstive to all Jews

The Shikker Dovid has started learning the third perek of Shabbat knows as Kira which deals with heating and keeping food warm on Shabbat. One of the key ideas in warming food on shabbat is that it must be at … Continue reading

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