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Woody Allen:Why do we Eat Doughnuts on Chanuka?

Woody Allen in Annie Hall (or maybe Manhattan) asks in a sing-song Talmudic voice “Why do we at Matzo on Pesach?” The same can be asked of doughnuts on Chanuka. On Tuesday nite the SD went to a class given … Continue reading

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Chullin 4: Accounting for Weaknesses

The daf yomi just started learning the tractate Chullin.  The first Mishna states that all people who are eligible to slaughter an animal for food consumption, except a deaf person, a mentally challenged person and a minor.  The Talmud then … Continue reading

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Parsha Vayashev: Inspire More Order Less

In Parsha Vayashev we are told that Joseph is with Bilha and Zilpa (handmaidens) boys. Joseph  “hung out ” with Bilha and Zilpa sons. We all know the story: Joseph goes out into the field to  find  his brothers on … Continue reading

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Menachos 103: Speech

In Menachos page 103 there is a Mishna that ostensibly seems rather dry. If somoene says,  I take on myself to bring a mincha (wheat  offering) of barely, what do we do? The mishna assumes the reader knows that a … Continue reading

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Vayalech, Menachos 28 and maybe even Rosh Hashana

In today’s daf – Menachos 28, there is a discussion about the silver trumpets made during the time of Moshe.  The Talmud states that these are unique for that generation and further generations make their own.  Ironically,  in this weeks … Continue reading

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Menachos 16:Born to Make Mistakes

The Shikerdovid was born the day the world learned Menachos 16 nearly 52 years ago in the daf yomi cycle of 1966. It was also learned last Sunday in the current daf yomi cycle. The SD is a cohen and … Continue reading

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Menachos 20: Joy of Atonement

The truth is the Shikkerdovid has had a really hard time with Menachos. It is beautiful analytical learning, but very dry (pardon the pun-ie dry flour) and the concepts of very technical. But today’s daf hard a glimmer of of … Continue reading

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