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Leadership in Time of Crisis: Fallability and Mistakes

The SD is reading a particularly interesting book: Changing the Immutable by Mark Shapiro. The author  is discussing various forms of censorship by rabbis, editors, publishers to ensure that Jewish values, community mores are adhered to.   The censorship exposes mistakes … Continue reading

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Shabbos 21: Hanukah without a Menora?

Today’s daf 21 is famous for it deals first with the type of oil for the hanuka menorah, then the process of lighting of the menorah, the famous debate between Hillel and Shamai of whether we start lighting the menorah … Continue reading

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Shabbos page 12: A New Understanding of Shabbos

Shabbos 12 contains a perplexing Braisa that says one may not visit the sick on Shabbos.  The Talmud  cuts back on this and explains that if one does visit the sick, one should say: May the shabos heal you or  … Continue reading

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Shabbos Page 12: Esoteric Debates with Graphic Facts

Shabbos page 12 has the famous debate between Rabbi Yehuda and Rebbi Shimon about  whether an act violates shabbos under the concept of a physical act which causes unintended consequences.  It is a difficult concept to explain. Rabbi Judah says … Continue reading

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Shabbos Page 10: The Talmudic Three Martini Lunch:

The Mishna on page 9 of shabbos lists activities that people should not start close to the time of mincha, however, if they start, they may continue. One of the these activities  is lunch.   The Talmud is concerned on page … Continue reading

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Taanis 3: Gd does not withhold what the world needs

The Shikkerdovid’s son has returned from his gap year early due to the Corona Virus.  Obviously, the SD and the rest of the world is anxious, nervous, and full of trepidation for the future. It is scary when faced with … Continue reading

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Parsha Tetzaveh: Clothes

In parsha Tetzaveh, chapter 28 pasuk  2, the torah tells us “to make holy clothes for your brother Aron to honor and glory. For whose honor and whose glory? The Ramban starts by saying that the clothes of the kohan … Continue reading

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Brachos 55 A- Too Much Prayer?

The ShikkerDovid used to say that he  wakes  up every morning and gooes  to shul and says to Hashem:  “Hashem, please don’t kick me in the head today.”  Some days you go to shul and feel like you are literally … Continue reading

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Brachos 49: No Multi Tasking

In Talmud Brachos page 49 there is a discussion about the phrasing of the end of a bracha. There is an opinion that we do not conclude a bracha with two concepts. That each bracha ends with mentioning one idea.  … Continue reading

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Brachos 14: “Wants”

In Brachos 14 there is a discussion about interruptions in the Shma.  In the middle of this discussion there is a digression about doing things prior to prayers. Rabbi Ashean (a name almost never seen in the Talmud) states: “it … Continue reading

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