Author Archives: shikkerdovid

Brachos 55 A- Too Much Prayer?

The ShikkerDovid used to say that he  wakes  up every morning and gooes  to shul and says to Hashem:  “Hashem, please don’t kick me in the head today.”  Some days you go to shul and feel like you are literally … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Brachos 49: No Multi Tasking

In Talmud Brachos page 49 there is a discussion about the phrasing of the end of a bracha. There is an opinion that we do not conclude a bracha with two concepts. That each bracha ends with mentioning one idea.  … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Brachos 14: “Wants”

In Brachos 14 there is a discussion about interruptions in the Shma.  In the middle of this discussion there is a digression about doing things prior to prayers. Rabbi Ashean (a name almost never seen in the Talmud) states: “it … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Miketz: Chapter 43:Who is this “guy”

In Miketz the brothers return a second time to Egypt to buy food. They bring back the money that was returned to them from their first trip which was found returned in their bags. The brothers  are nervous and their … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Vayeschanan: Chapter 4 verse 19: Hashem is Universal: How We Worship Differs

The Shikkerdovid always wondered about the righteus Buddist, the charitable Christian, the ethical Muslim.   SD alway felt on a viceral level that Hashem gave each group of people a method of worship.   We eat latkes on Hanuka, Italians eat Fish … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Temura 16: The Talmud Really Gets Human Nature

The daf 16 of Temura has a fascinating Aggaita (story, homily or parable) It speaks about how laws, legalisic logic, strignencies or halachic concetps were forgotten during the death of Moshe.  It mentions someone who helped  find them: Othniel ben … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Temura 14: Psalms 119 : A Time to Do for Gd

Temura 14 is a dry, esoteric discussion of personal sacrifices, communal sacrifices and temura.  All of a sudden, there is a disruption  of this discussion and the Talmud states that it is forbidden to write down the Torah Shel Baal … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment