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Parsha Pinchas- Sacrifices and closeness

This parsha lists all the sacrifices starting  with the daily ones, then Shabbos, Rosh Chodesh and the holiday.  When it comes to Shabbos the Ramban says something cryptic (at least it is vague to me). Ramban notes that the “musaf” … Continue reading

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Shabbos 118: Lesson of Life

Shabbos page 118 is the gastronomic guide to Shabbos.  Tucked into this daf on what to eat on Shabbos is a strange statement from R. Yose.  R. Yose says, I want to be among those who say a full Hallel … Continue reading

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Korach The Jealous or Korach The Populist

Conventional wisdom is that Korach was motivated by the jealousy of Moses and Aron; that Korach was rebellious and looking to take power.  In Chapter 16 verse 19 we are told that “the congregation and korach  gathered in front of … Continue reading

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Shabbat 92: The Heavenly Presence and the Jewish Carey Grant

On page 92, there is an esoteric as to carrying on shabbat  and comparing it to the Leveim carrying the mishkan and objects.  The Levim are said to be very tall because they carried the Tabernacle so it was not … Continue reading

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Shabbos 91: Carrying…and Free Will?

We all know that carrying on Shabbat from one domain to another domain (public domain to private or vice versa) is prohibited.  The act of “carrying” requires a minimum measurement  or amount being carried. The measurement /amount differs from various … Continue reading

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Bamidbar: Chapter 4 sentence 17-20

At the end of the parsha, the Levi family of Kohath is charged with taking down and carrying the mishkan items.  The Torah says in chapter 4 sentence 17: Don’t cut off the family of kohath from the Levites. Rashi … Continue reading

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Slavery in the Talmud:Shabbos 72

The Shikkerdovid is reading the novel Homegoing. It is a brutal, violent, and most heart rending description of the 18th century slave trade in the Gold Coast.    The descriptions are gruesome.  The novel shows how without an ethical code, humanity … Continue reading

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Emor:Mommy-Newborn and Lessons in Compassion

The Shikkerdovid has gotten been reading the old school “Hertz Chumash”. It was the staple synagogue chumash in pre Artscroll days.  Hertz was not only a major Torah scholar but a gentlement, educated and writes beautifully. His commentary is sparkling … Continue reading

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My Guardian Angel: Rashi in the Talmud: Shabbos Page 53B

On page 53a-b of Shabbos the Talmud is discussing items which an animal can wear or bear on Shabbat that would not violate carrying on Shabbat.  The Talmud discusses whether an animal wearing a feedbag can be worn so as … Continue reading

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Exotic Joe-Tiger King and Shabbos 51B

During this depressing and scary time of Covid 19, the only funny thing to watch is the crazy show “Tiger King”.  It is a show about some crazy-nut-job, Mr. Joe Exotic, who owns and runs a “Big Cat Zoo or  … Continue reading

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