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Sound British:Think Yiddish: Zevachim 33

In Zevachim 33, the Talmud is struggling with how the Metzora (leper) can bring his sacrifice or enter the Temple Courtyard. How does he lean on his Asham (sacrifice) if he cannot enter the courtyard due to his status as a … Continue reading

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Lesson in Humility from Behar

In Parshat Behar, the Torah tells us about the law of Shmitta.  The seven year cycle where we do not plant, actively grow or harvest. We allow all to walk on the fields and eat the produce.   The Torah tell … Continue reading

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Emor: A bad “cut and paste job” or something else?

In Parshat Emor we are confronted with alot of topics. Vayikra Chapter 22:32 the Torah says You should not desecrate My HOLY name amongst the children of Israel ..” The Torah then goes on to discuss Shabbos, the holidays, the … Continue reading

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Emor-Zevachim 18-19: It is not About You Mr. Cohen

The SD was always a little uncomfortable with the idea of Cohen-Levi-Yisrael. The whole idea of a “priestly class” kind of felt antithetical to the rest of the Torah and kind of society Judaism preaches in the rest of the … Continue reading

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Avoda Zara 74 and Pesach- No coincidences

Today’s daf Avoda Zara 74 starts with a straightforward Mishna- These are the things that are prohibited in even the most miniscule amounts “nesech wine, hearts of animals used for idol worship , a goring ox,  hair of a nazir … Continue reading

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Shabbos Hagadol Haftora: Passover or Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur?

This week’s haftora is very special.   Read it in English.  It addresses the themes of  judgment, Tshuva,  (return to me), be good and listening to Hashem.  It also address the good who suffer and bad who succeed.  Where is Passover … Continue reading

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Final Exam for Avoda Zara

For all of you who are doing the daf yomi and are in Avoda Zara. Here is your final exam.  The ShikkerDovid received this as a gift. It is a represenation of the Hindu God -Ganeesh. This god is believed to … Continue reading

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