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Lech Lecha: Lies and Deceit in Egypt

Abraham and Sara are the quintessential wandering Jews. As soon as they get one place, they pull up stakes and move. They get to Canaan and then immediately go to Egypt. While in Egypt Abraham gets nervous and asks Sara … Continue reading

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Genesis chapter 4: “End of Days”

In Chapter 4 we meet Kain and Hevel. We are told in a cryptic sentence 4:3 “and it was the end of days and Kain brought the fruits of the ground as a gift to gd.” What does the “end … Continue reading

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Eruvin 67b:A Rock in the Ocean and a Memory

The Shikkerdovid is struggling with Eruvin. It is hard. It theoretical. The The Talmud is discussing moving and carrying from you domain to the next. In 67B, it brings up a scenario of a rock sitting in the middle of … Continue reading

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Zos Habracha: Chapter 33, verse 28: Perplexing Rashi

In the wind up of Moses’ long oration at the end of the Torah before his death there is a cryptic verse: “And Isreal Shall dwell in safety alone, blessings of Yakov, corn and oil,the heavens will drip dew.” Why … Continue reading

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Eruvin 53: The Road: Frost meets Rabbi Joshua

Roads are a metaphor for progress through life or going through life.  Looking to  Robert Frost and his poem the  “road less traveled” and  on the heels of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur the daf gives some beautiful life lessons … Continue reading

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Shikkerdovid Alltime Favorite Pasuk in the Torah: Chapter 28, sent. 67

The Shikkerdovid’s all time favorite pasuk  is the taken from the Rebukes. (It should have been the name of a rock group in the early 60’s).  The pasuk says:  In the morning you shall say, give me the evening and … Continue reading

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Ki Tetzei: The Borsch Belt Question: What if she is not Attractive?

Parsha Ki Tetzi opens with, when you go to your war with your enemy and you see a beautiful captive woman, and you desire her and you take her. You bring her to your house, cut her nails, have her … Continue reading

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Eruvin 19: Who can go to Gan Eden

As Jews we sometimes think that we “own” Hashem.  That we are his chosen people and that somehow he values us higher than others.  This always bothered the SD. Since Hashem runs and rules the world, he also controls , … Continue reading

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Shabbos 152: The Mick Jagger Lesson

Sometimes you get the feeling that the Talmud has something on its mind it wants to explore. Page 152  of Shabbos is about old age and references from Ecclesiates and Rabbinic statements about aging.   Near the bottom of the page, … Continue reading

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Shabbos page 146B halacha and respect

The Talmud has a discussion whether one can wrap or wear felt to bring out of the house into a public area. Rav allows and Shmuel prohibits.  The Talmud then retracts that attribution that Rav prohibited.  The Talmud brings a … Continue reading

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