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Making Room For all: Yoma 21a

There was a famous song by the Police -“Dont Stand So Close to Me.” Wrong. The Talmud in Yoma 21 a says there was a miracle in the Temple. Despite being so crowded during the holidays, there was room for … Continue reading

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Yoma 9B-Character Elevation

In page 9b, we learn the famous reasons for the destruction of the Second Temple. The Talmud famously tells us that the Temple was destroyed for senseless hatred- sinas chinum. The Talmud tells that the people were scrupulous in the … Continue reading

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Our Humanity- Our Judaism

“Man was made in God’s image long before the covenant of Abraham and the Israelites. To be a Jew is the Jewish way of being human. It is not a justification for others to be less human” Rabbi-Lord Jonathan Sacks

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Shkalim page 21: Mistakes

This tractate winds up with the most interesting conundrum. What happens if the paroches (the curtain in holy Temple which separates the holy of holies from the hall with the menorah, lechem hapanim and gold altar) becomes impure due to … Continue reading

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Matza

Matza is ubiquitous. Even non-Jews know about Passover and Matza. Recently my wife’s healthy food influencer who is the most secular person around, eating chazer treif with high fiber exhorted her listeners to eat Matza-on Passover. But in a rabbinic … Continue reading

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Haftorah Vayikra

The parsha of Vayikra introduces the various sacrifices in the Torah. The prophet reading is Isiaiah chapter 43-44. The prophet rebukes the people by saying your “small” animals mean nothing in light of your sins. However, it is not clear … Continue reading

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Pesachim 115 and 116: Substance over Form

On page 115 there is a story about a great Talmudic rabbi Abaye as a little boy. The story says that Abaye as a little boy asked at the seder on passover night why the grown ups were removing the … Continue reading

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Vaykhal and Spirit of Gd within US

The parsha Vaykhal begins with telling us about keeping shabbos despite the work on the Mishkan (Tabernacle). The Torah then goes on to explain the work done . The Torah then says the work was done by “Bezalal” who was … Continue reading

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Pesachim 88: Most Under Appreciated Daf: Part 1

Pesachim page-88 is gem. It is packed with thought provoking ideas. It will take at least two and maybe three days to unravel. The daf starts with a story When Ula comes to a town in Babylonia known as Pumpedesia. … Continue reading

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Pesachim 80: Fear of Missing Out-FOMO

Page 80 continues this esoteric discussion about bringing the Pesach offering when a majority of the people of Israel are in a state of Tumah (impurity) which is allowed. The question arises what if the situation is a 50-50 meaning … Continue reading

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