Monthly Archives: June 2015

Yosef’s Prutah -Nedarim 33B

The Talmud in Nedarim 33b, brings up the discusson of “Yosef’s Prutah.” A prutah is the tiniest form of currency, like a penny. The concentpt of Yosef’s prutah is in connection with somone on the way or in the middle … Continue reading

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Oaths and Circumcision- Talmud Nedarim

The daf yomi today (Nedarim-31) started a funny Mishna- not to benefit from someone who is not circumcised. The Talmud then goes into the whole story of Moshe giving birth to his son at the same time he get the … Continue reading

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Parshat Chukat and Process

The Shikkerdovid would like to share a “musing” on the beginning of this parsha. The parsha opens with the Para Adumah-red heifer and tells us ” Gd spoke to Moshe and Aharon saying. This is the Chok (law with no … Continue reading

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Shikkerdovid on Korach- Original Thought

The Shikkerdovid would like to come back to some basic original ideas. Toward the end of the parsha, the Torah talks about the gifts that people give to the Kohan. In Chapter 18, verse 12 the Torah says, to Give … Continue reading

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Isbhitz on Korah- Fear of Heaven

The Isbhitz on Parshat Korah is something everyone should read. The Ishbitz says that Korach understood that all is from Hashem, even “fear of Hashem.” Korah is next to tzitis because, tzitius demonstrates “fear of Hashem.” According the Midrash, Tzitus … Continue reading

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AntiNomianism- Jewish Style

The ShikkerDovid is still plowing throught “Hasidim on the Margin” which explores the philosophy if Izbitz/Radzin Chasidim. Here is a thought to chew on. You don’t have to agree, but recognize that there is a broad spectrum of Jewish thought … Continue reading

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Sinning for the Sake of Heaven?

The ShikkerDovid is continuing to read “Hasidim on the Margin” by Magid. The author discusses, free will, and actions outside of normative halacha. THe author asks a question: “Can one enact that antinomian behavior while still living in accordance with … Continue reading

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