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A Yom Kippur Message from Beitzah 15

eToday is Erev Yom Kippur. Todays daf, Beitzah 15 has a funny tangent. It has a message clearly belongs to the days before Yom Kippur. The discussion is regards to one who finds tefillin in a field during shabbat or … Continue reading

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A Rosh HaShanna message from Beitzah 6

Fortuitiously, today’s daf which falls on Erev Rosh Hashaana discusses the holiday. The top of page 6 ask what happens when someone dies on the first day of Rosh Hashana. Then we allow non jews to bury, but if someone … Continue reading

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Beitzah 1: Foreseen and Unforeseen Events

I guess I have mistakes or slip ups on my mind. I guess it is that time of year. The Mishna is Beitza one starts: An egg laid on Yom Tov is permissible to eat according to Shammai, but impermissible … Continue reading

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Succah page 44: R. Eliezer: Nike Spokesman: Just Do It

Succa page 44 deals with taking the lulav and Arava on Shabbos. The Talmud tries to determine its permissibility based upon the famous paskuk about lulav: “on the day the first day.” Does this permit even on Shabbat. Rabbi Eliezer … Continue reading

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Succah 35 Is it Really your Esrog? Is it really your money?

There was a glitch a week ago and this did not get posted. Here it is. On page 35 of Succa, the mishna probes whether an esrog of Maaser Sheni can be used. Just a quick reminder. Maaser Sheni is … Continue reading

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Succah:page 36: Esrogim and Stones

Succa page 36 deals with qualifications or disqualifications for an esrog. It then discusses the minimum size of an esrog. The opinion is the esrog is either the size of a nut or the size of an egg. However, out … Continue reading

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Reeh: The Title brought to Jerusalem:Sharing

In Parshat Reeh, chapter 14, sentence 22 the Torah describes that we take a tenth (after terumah and the first tithe ) of our crops and bring them to Jerusalem and eat them there. “you shall eat them before Gd … Continue reading

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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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