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Chanuka meet Shevuous 15

Today’s daf yomi, Shavous 15 eerily has many thematic references or allusions to Chaunka.  The daf refers to a piece of the Mishna which describes the method for expanding or adding to the Temple area or the precincts of Jerusalem. … Continue reading

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An Original ShikkerDovid Thought on Vayashev

In Vayashev, we are told that Jacob wants to live in peace in his old age after dealing with Lavan.  This is immediately juxtaposed to the youthfulness of Joseph. Rashi tells us Joseph  did teenage things like fix his hair. The … Continue reading

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Kilayim : Makkot 21 and Catch 22

Today’s daf Makkot 21 presents an interesting idea of Kilayim. Kilayijm  is the prohibition of planting with mixed plants and seeds.    In today’s daf  Rabbi Akiva holds that one transgresses the prohibition of “kilayim” when one has mixed plants … Continue reading

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My Favorite Day of the Year -15th of Av and Sanhedrin 22

Today is the most important day of the year. It reminds us that before there can be Bat Mitzva’s, little league and fond memories, a man must marry a woman. Unfortunately, that seems to be harder every year.   However, … Continue reading

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Shabbat Nachamu and Sanhedin 19

This Shabbat is the famous Haftorah known as Nachamu. The prophet says, “Be Comforted Be Comforted My Nation, speak to the heart of Jerusalem and say the exile is completed  and sins forgiven by Gd.  ” Interesting  the Daf Yomi of the … Continue reading

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Sanhedrin 9: Hashem’s Yardstick

Sanhedrin 8-9 continues the debate between Rabbi Meyer and the Rabbis about whether accusing one’s wife of infidelity (dont know a nicer way of saying it) needs a court of judges of 3 or 23. The debate scrolls down and … Continue reading

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Parshas Masei and Sanhedrin 5

There are no coincidences. Today’s daf and this week’s parsha intersect in a beautiful thought. Let us start with the Parsha Maasei. In Chapter 33, sentence 29 the pasuk tells us the Israel traveled from to Beit Hashimus until Avil … Continue reading

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