Monthly Archives: May 2016

You Can’t Alway Get What You Want:Bechukosai

The famous song: “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try real hard, you get what you need.” The beginning of Parshat Bechukosai tell us: Chapter 26, verse 3: If you walk in my mitzvot and my … Continue reading

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Judicial Discretion: Shavuot 30, Kiddushin 74 and the Holy Ishbitzer

There is no such thing as coincidences. The world of thought is delicately interwoven to each person’s intellectual ability. Last night, the Shikkerdovid attended a class given by Rabbi Prager during which we learned Shavout 30. The concept of “Shuduah … Continue reading

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Cyndi Lauper Knows Kiddushin page 71: Silver Changes Everything

In the 1980’s the Shikkerdovid loved Cyndi Lauper. She wrote the poignant and eerily prophetic song: Money changes everything Money, money changes everything We think we know what we’re doin’ That don’t mean a thing It’s all in the past … Continue reading

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Haftorah of Emor: Ezekiel Chapter 44

The Shikkerdovid must admit that he is not a Tanach guy. Frankly, he never understands the Hebrew and admittedly most of the time, the Shikkerdovid does not understand the English. This haftorah is different. The Prophet says ” Linen Turbans … Continue reading

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Parshat Emor: Waving the Omer

In parshat Emor we are told to bring the sacrifice of two loaves and two lambs on the second day of Passover. The loaves are waived. Rashi cryptically quotes a talmud in Menachos stating that we wave the Omer to … Continue reading

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The Soap Opera : Kiddushin page 65

In Kiddushin page 65, the Mishna says if a man says, I am married, to you and the women says, no you married my daughter. Later in the Mishna he says, I married your daughter and she says, no you … Continue reading

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The Value of Jewish Good Will- Kiddushin 58

Today’s daf had an interesting Mishna. Can a man use teruma (the portion of produce given to the Kohen) to “mikadash a women” or effectuate a women. The Talmud quotes Abaye who immediately says, The “tovas Hannah” does not translate … Continue reading

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