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Nazir 30

The Mishna (Nazir 5:3) in today’s daf (Nazir 31b) addresses the situation of someone who vowed to be a Nazir,…

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Nazir 30

The question addressed in today’s daf (Nazir 30b) is whether the Nezirut fund of a father (i.e. funds that a…

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Nazir 29

Today’s daf (Nazir 29a) discusses the question of whether a parent who is a Nazir is obligated to educate their…

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Nazir 28

Once every while a discussion arises about the way in which modern sheitel’s look like natural hair. And the reason…

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Nazir 27

A phrase is used in today’s daf (Nazir 27b) that is both true and false at once: דְּמֵי הַיְינוּ מָעוֹת…

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Nazir 26

Today’s daf (Nazir 26a) informs us that if someone set aside funds for a chatat (sin) and olah (burnt) bird…

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Nazir 25

What is the difference between a נֶדֶר (neder) offering and a נְדָבָה (nedava) offering? On first glance this may simply…

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Nazir 24

I recently met a woman who is 72 years old and who is working tirelessly at a labor intensive job.…

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Nazir 23

One of the most startling teachings from throughout the Talmud is found in today’s daf (Nazir 23b) where we read…

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Nazir 22

An expression is used in today’s daf (Nazir 22b) which is not found anywhere else either in Massechet Nazir or,…

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Nazir 21

A topic addressed in today’s daf (Nazir 21b) concerns a situation where a woman declares “I am hereby a Nezirah”…

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Nazir 20

What happens if you say something and wish to change your mind? Or you recite an incorrect bracha and wish…

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Nazir 19

A few days ago I read an article (see http://bit.ly/3DZPKBI) summarizing a recent study (see http://bit.ly/3XnSTSL) about the enormous sacrifices…

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Nazir 18

The Torah (Bemidbar 6:11) informs us that if a Nazir is in contact with the dead, then – as we…

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Nazir 17

The halachic question addressed in today’s daf (Nazir 17a) relates to שְׁהִיָּיה – ‘remaining’ (or, as some translate, ‘lingering’). This…

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Nazir 16

The Mishna (Nazir 3:7) in today’s daf (Nazir 16b) discusses a situation where someone commits to being a Nazir while…

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Nazir 15

When detailing the laws of the Nazir, the Torah informs us that the prohibition to drink wine (which, given the…

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Nazir 14

Sometimes we only find out about certain people after they die. But then, when we hear stories about them from…

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Nazir 13

The Mishna (Nazir 2:7) cited at the end of yesterday’s daf (Nazir 12b), which serves as a springboard for much…

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Nazir 12

The focus of much of today’s daf (Nazir 12b) is the halachic concept of שְׁלִיחוּת – meaning the appointing of…

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Nazir 11

he Mishna (Nazir 2:4) in today’s daf (Nazir 11a) addresses a situation where someone declares: הֲרֵינִי נָזִיר עַל מְנָת שֶׁאֱהֵא…

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Nazir 10

Having arrived home last night after a busy and wonderful trip in the States – with my final talk taking…

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Nazir 8

The final words of the Mishna (Nazir 1:7) in today’s daf (Nazir 8a) raise an important question about finding the…

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Nazir 7

The Mishna (Nazir 1:3) in today’s daf (Nazir 7b) informs us that if someone made a vow to become a…

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Nazir 6

 Much of today’s daf (Nazir 6a-b) focuses its attention on the application of מִקְצָת הַיּוֹם כְּכוּלּוֹ (literally, ‘part of the…

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Nazir 5

The Mishna (Nazir 1:3) informs us that the standard period of time for being a Nazir is 30 days –…

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Nazir 4

Unfortunately we live in a generation that is rife with cynicism, and especially when it comes to observing others practicing…

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Nazir 3

Rather than beginning with a presentation of the laws of Nezirut, Massechet Nazir begins by discussing the verbal formulae that…

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Nazir 2

Some weeks ago I read an interesting insight in Rabbi Ephraim Oved’s Torat HaAggadah about the terms used for various…

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Nedarim 91

Today those studying daf yomi complete their study of Massechet Nedarim.Over the past three months, our study of Nedarim has…

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Nedarim 90

The Mishna (Nedarim 11:12) that is quoted and discussed in today’s daf (Nedarim 90b), the penultimate daf in our Massechet,…

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Nedarim 89

We are told a story at the end of today’s daf (Nedarim 89b) about someone who made a vow that…

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Nedarim 88

The Mishna (Nedarim 11:8) quoted in today’s daf (Nedarim 88a) addresses the topic of strained relationships between parents-in-law and a…

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Nedarim 87

Today’s daf (Nedarim 87a) quotes a fascinating Beraita which teaches us that, ‘someone who has a relative who is ill…

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Nedarim 86

Today’s daf (Nedarim 86b) explores the relationship between the promise made by someone to donate an item or items for…

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Nedarim 85

Today’s daf (Nedarim 85a) discusses the topic of טובת הנאה ממון – literally ‘whether the benefit of doing good is…

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Nedarim 84

I’d like to summarise the Mishna (Nedarim 11:3) in yesterday’s daf (Nedarim 83b) because understanding what was said there will…

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Nedarim 83

Today’s daf (Nedarim 83b) references Kohelet 7:2 which teaches us that, ‘[it is better to go to a house of…

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Nedarim 82

 Sometimes all it takes are a few extra words to change the meaning of a statement. Both yesterday (Nedarim 81b)…

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Nedarim 81

Today’s daf (Nedarim 81a) delineates five contributory factors which are apparently part of the divine ‘calculations’ and ‘considerations’ as to…

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Nedarim 80

 Today’s daf (Nedarim 80b) contains a case which has been applied to various Triage situations. And to explain, I’d like…

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Nedarim 79

Today’s daf (Nedarim 79a-b) discusses the ways in which behaviours within the category of עִנּוּי נֶפֶשׁ (self-affliction) can affect our…

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Nedarim 78

 Much of today’s daf (Nedarim 78a) draws on the various interpretations ascribed to the expression זֶה הַדָּבָר – ‘this is…

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Nedarim 77

As we know, a major focus of Massechet Nedarim is language. Yet as we also know, language can be both…

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Nedarim 76

  We are taught at the end of today’s daf (Nedarim 76b) that Chiya the son of Rav would shoot an…

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Nedarim 75

 Today’s daf (Nedarim 75b) informs us that we cannot revoke our own vows (שֶׁאֵין מֵיפֵר נִדְרֵי עַצְמוֹ). In fact, we…

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Nedarim 74

The final words of today’s daf (Nedarim 74b) touch on a topic that I’ve often emphasized, and that – as…

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Nedarim 73

There is a fascinating rule stated in today’s daf (Nedarim 73b) which I believe provides a powerful lesson for all…

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Nedarim 72

Most of us have seen books, articles and videos where well-known authors, athletes, musicians, home-organisers, and models offer insights into…

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Nedarim 71

The Mishna (Nedarim 10:3) in today’s daf (Nedarim 71a) describes a scenario where a young woman, who we shall call…

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Nedarim 70

Before offering some thoughts on today’s daf I would like to reflect on today – the Fast of the 10th…

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Nedarim 69

The question was raised in yesterday’s daf (Nedarim 68a) whether, when a husband of a young woman with whom he…

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Nedarim 68

Today’s daf (Nedarim 68a) discusses the laws of הפרת נדרים as they apply to an engaged young woman (נערה המאורסה)…

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Nedarim 67

Before delving into our daf it is important to acknowledge that the modern ear struggles to reconcile the laws ofהפרת…

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Nedarim 66

In my commentary on yesterday’s daf I emphasized the importance of fulfilling both mitzvot being adam l’makom and mitzvot bein…

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Nedarim 65

Imagine the following situation: Yossi and Shimon are neighbours, and in response to a disagreement between them three weeks ago…

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Nedarim 64

The theme of today’s daf (Nedarim 64a) is התרת נדרים, meaning ‘the annulment of vows’, with our Mishna (Nedarim 9:1)…

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Nedarim 63

What do you do when you have friends who won’t accept a gift from you? Well, as the Mishna (Nedarim…

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Nedarim 62

Today’s daf (Nedarim 62a) quotes a powerful Beraita where Rabbi Eliezer the son of Rabbi Tzadok makes four powerful statements:…

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Nedarim 61

Within its discussion about ambiguous vows, today’s daf (Nedarim 61a-b) posits that the debate between Rabbi Meir and Rabbi Yossi…

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Nedarim 60

On a number of occasions in Massechet Nedarim (14a, 21b & in today’s daf 60a), we encounter the phrase שאלה…

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Nedarim 59

Today’s daf (Nedarim 59b) raises a question about the repetition of the word עַשֵּׂר (meaning ‘tithe’) in the verse: עַשֵּׂר…

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Nedarim 58

Last night I spoke with a spiritual-coaching client who was wrestling with a difficult decision. They already knew what they…

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Nedarim 57

When I learn daf yomi and other texts, I see my task as trying to understand both the content of…

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Nedarim 56

The Mishna (Nedarim 7:5) in today’s daf (Nedarim 56b) teaches us that someone who has made a vow prohibiting them…

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Nedarim 55

Today’s daf (Nedarim 55a) includes an insight, or to be more accurate, an outlook and a philosophy, which I endeavour…

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Nedarim 54

If you’ve ever done an online order with a supermarket, then you’ve likely experienced receiving a product which, rather it…

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Nedarim 53

‘If someone makes a vow while they are in Israel prohibiting themselves from oil, then they are permitted to have…

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Nedarim 52

The Mishna (Nedarim 6:6-7) in today’s daf (Nedarim 52a) presents us with a general rule about the flavour (טעם) of…

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Nedarim 51

Within its discussion about the meanings of words used in vows, today’s daf (Nedarim 51b) addresses the question of the…

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Nedarim 50

In my commentary to today’s daf (Nedarim 50a), I would like to reference some of the ideas that I previously…

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Nedarim 49

Today’s daf (Nedarim 49b) relates how a certain Roman noblewoman who saw Rabbi Yehuda with such a radiant face that…

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Nedarim 48

Today’s daf (Nedarim 48b) tells a story of a father whose son was known to steal bundles of flax. Frustrated…

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Nedarim 47

A Beraita is quoted in today’s daf (Nedarim 47b) stating that, ‘If one says to his wife, “Benefiting from me…

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Nedarim 46

In this attempt to explain the Mishna (Nedarim 1:5) in today’s daf (Nedarim 46a), I would like to highlight a…

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Nedarim 45

The Mishna (Nedarim 5:1) in today’s daf (Nedarim 45b) informs us of a situation of partners (שּׁוּתָּפִין) of a courtyard…

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Nedarim 44

Have you ever sent an email which you then wanted to take back before it was received? Nowadays, Gmail has…

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Nedarim 43

Imagine Judy is the kind of person who is easily angered and who, in the heat of her anger, can…

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Nedarim 42

The Mishna (Nedarim 4:6) at the end of today’s daf (Nedarim 42b) tells us that someone who is bound by…

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Nedarim 41

Today’s daf (Nedarim 41a) relates how Rebbi (Rabbi Yehuda HaNassi) – who would learn his Torah out loud (nb. on…

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Nedarim 40

We are taught by Rav Dimi in today’s daf (Nedarim 40a) that the act of visiting the sick significantly enhances…

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Nedarim 39

Today’s daf (Nedarim 39b) includes a teaching of Resh Lakish who asks: רֶמֶז לְבִיקּוּר חוֹלִין מִן הַתּוֹרָה מִנַּיִן? – ‘Where…

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Nedarim 38

 Today’s daf (Nedarim 38b) makes reference to a כּוֹס שֶׁל שָׁלוֹם (literally, ‘a cup of peace’). However, we are then…

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Nedarim 37

As a continuation of its explanation of Mishna Nedarim 4:3, yesterday’s daf (Nedarim 36b) quoted a statement of Shmuel that…

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Nedarim 36

 There is a fascinating discussion in today’s daf (Nedarim 36b) about whether doing a mitzvah which benefits another needs their…

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Nedarim 35

 Today’s daf (Nedarim 35b) raises the question of whether Kohanim are שלוחי דרחמנא (agents of God), or שלוחי דידן (agents…

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Nedarim 34

A case is presented by Rav Chiya bar Avin in today’s daf (Nedarim 34b) about someone who makes a vow,…

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Nedarim 33

 As part of our Gemara’s discussion about the making of oaths, reference is made in today’s daf (Nedarim 33b) to…

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Nedarim 32

Today’s daf (Nedarim 32a) records, on the basis of Bereishit 15:5, how Avraham gazed at his Mazal (his astrological signs)…

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Nedarim 31

The Mishna (Nedarim 3:11) in today’s daf (Nedarim 31b) contains a statement that calls for further explanation. Specifically, we are…

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Nedarim 30

(TRIGGER WARNING: In this piece I make reference to childlessness, miscarriages and the loss of a child)Chodesh Tov!There are times…

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Nedarim 29

There is a fascinating phrase which is used twice in today’s daf (Nedarim 29a-b): ‘physical sanctity (literally, ‘the sanctity of…

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Nedarim 28

Is it permissible to make a vow about the status of your property when confronting thieves who enter your home…

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Nedarim 27

I previously explained in my commentary to Nedarim 23a that certain vows, known as נִדְרֵי אֳנָסִים, are considered to be…

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Nedarim 26

“Had I known that…” (אִילּוּ הָיִיתִי יוֹדֵעַ שֶׁ…). These are the words used in today’s daf (Nedarim 26a) which discusses…

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Nedarim 25

Today’s daf (Nedarim 25a) mentions a foundational principle of Jewish thought and Jewish practice which is referenced in passing during…

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Nedarim 24

In a previous Mishna (Nedarim 3:1) we were taught about various vows which, given the circumstances in which they were…

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Nedarim 23

I’ve always been interested in exploring the human stories which have served as springboards for the development of halacha. And…

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Nedarim 22

Today’s daf (Nedarim 22b) contains a teaching from Rabbah bar Rav Huna that, ‘whoever gets angry [indicates that] even the…

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Nedarim 21

So far in our study of Massechet Nedarim we have spoken about the specific words that are needed to be…

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Nedarim 20

Today’s daf (Nedarim 20a-b) records a startling episode which leads me to suggest that there is much more to it…

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Nedarim 19

Today’s daf (Nedarim 19b) compares the laws of a נזיר ודאי – ‘a definite nazir’ with a נזיר ספק –…

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Nedarim 18

The Mishna (Nedarim 2:4) in today’s daf (Nedarim 18b) draws two parallel distinctions between those residing in Judea and those…

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Nedarim 17

If you want to understand the difference between muti-tasking and muti-focussing, a good place to start is the Mishna (Nedarim…

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Nedarim 16

The Mishna (Nedarim 2:2) in today’s daf (Nedarim 16a) contrasts שבועות (oaths) with נדרים (vows) and states that if someone…

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Nedarim 15

We were previously taught in the Mishna (Nedarim 2:1) about certain situations when someone utters words that, though they may…

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Nedarim 14

Why do people make vows, especially when those vows express their desire to make positive changes in their Jewish life?Admittedly,…

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Nedarim 13

There is an interesting debate between Rabbi Meir and Rabbi Chanina ben Gamliel as recorded in Mishna Kiddushin 3:4 and…

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Nedarim 12

I would like to share a teaching from today’s daf (Nedarim 12a) whose application motivates so much of what I…

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Nedarim 11

The previous Mishna (Nedarim 1:3; Nedarim 10b) raises the question of the efficacy of someone using the term כִּירוּשָׁלָיִם –…

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Nedarim 10

  Having previously been taught that vows can be made through invoking formal vow-making formulas as well as certain alternative expressions…

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Nedarim 9

Today’s daf (Nedarim 9b) tells a story that calls for further explanation.We begin with Shimon HaTzaddik who was a Kohen…

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Nedarim 8

Yesterday Israel went to the polls, and though the count is yet to be completed, there is an overall consensus…

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Nedarim 7

Today is election day in Israel, and I will soon be fulfilling my right and privilege to vote as a…

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Nedarim 6

In my commentary to yesterday’s daf (see https://rabbijohnnysolomon.com/nedarim-5/) I discussed the concept of ידים (literally, ‘handles’), which is the term…

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Nedarim 5

As we know, the meaning of the word Nedarim is ‘vows’, and as the past few dapim of Massechet Nedarim…

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Nedarim 4

Today’s daf (Nedarim 4a) begins by discussing the halachic implications of someone who vows to become a Nazir while standing…

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Nedarim 3

“The Torah speaks in human terms” (דברה תורה בלשון בני אדם). This principle, which is often invoked by our classic…

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Nedarim 2

If we had to summarise the first Mishna of Massechet Nedarim (2a), it would be that if you sincerely wish…

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Ketubot 112

The final daf of Massechet Ketubot (daf 112b) discusses two topics that are very dear to my heart: Torah study…

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Ketubot 111

There is a teaching of Rabbi Elazar in today’s daf (Ketubot 111b) which calls for further elucidation. Specifically, we are…

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Ketubot 110

 As we near the end of our study of Massechet Ketubot, today’s (Ketubot 110b) – along with the upcoming dapim…

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Ketubot 109

Oftentimes we keep upcoming significant personal, professional and financial transitions and decisions private to just us, our spouse (where relevant),…

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Ketubot 108

 There is a concept in the Gemara, itself based on a biblical verse (see Shemot 22:8), of מודה במקצת –…

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Ketubot 107

If you studied today’s daf (Ketubot 107a) with care, you will have noticed that on four separate occasions reference is…

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Ketubot 106

A story – spanning the end of yesterday’s daf (Ketubot 105b) and the beginning of our daf (Ketubot 106a) –…

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Ketubot 105

“A rabbi whose community does not disagree with him is no rabbi. A rabbi who fears his community is no…

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Ketubot 104

Today’s daf (Ketubot 104a) records the parting words of Rebbi from his deathbed who, with his ten fingers extended heavenward,…

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Ketubot 103

Two days ago, I received a message from someone whose closest friend is unfortunately at the end stages of her…

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Ketubot 102

Within the halachic codes and responsa literature we find an ongoing debate about whether כתיבה כדיבור דמי – ‘writing is…

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Ketubot 101

The Mishna (Ketubot 12:1) in today’s daf (Ketubot 101b) describes a situation where a man marries a woman with a…

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Ketubot 100

Today’s daf (Ketubot 100a) discusses the situation when a Beit Din makes an error in terms of the amount of…

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Ketubot 99

As part of its discussion about the laws of agency (שליחות), reference was made in yesterday’s daf (Ketubot 98b) to…

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Ketubot 98

Towards the end of yesterday’s daf (Ketubot 97b) we read the view of Rabbi Shimon who teaches that if a…

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Ketubot 97

We learn in today’s daf (Ketubot 97a) that if a person sold land because they needed money, and then circumstances…

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Ketubot 96

Up until now, Gemara Ketubot has made it clear that while land (קרקע) can be taken from an estate, movable…

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Ketubot 95

It has been said by Rav Chaim of Volozhin (see his Ruach Chaim commentary on Avot 5:22) that the study…

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Ketubot 94

Sometimes we can learn a story in the Gemara that has so many holes in it that it requires us…

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Ketubot 93

As the cases concerning ketubah law become more and more complex, with the Mishna (Ketubot 10:5) in today’s daf (Ketubot…

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Ketubot 92

Today is the day after Yom Kippur, and as I study today’s daf (Ketubot 92) – which speaks about the…

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Ketubot 91

I hope you all had a meaningful Yom Kippur, and having made Havdalah, had something to eat, checked in with…

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Ketubot 90

While I strive to learn the daf every day, I also strive to live with the daf every day. Consequently,…

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Ketubot 89

The Mishna (Ketubot 9:9) in today’s daf (Ketubot 89a) quotes a ruling of Rabban Shimon Ben Gamliel who states that…

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Ketubot 88

Today’s daf (Ketubot 88a) informs us that debts can be collected even in a debtor’s absence due to the consideration…

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Ketubot 87

There is a lovely phrase used in today’s daf (Ketubot 87b) describing a situation when a husband and wife have…

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Ketubot 86

I want to share something personal: my feet are both long and wide which therefore makes shoe shopping a challenge…

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Ketubot 85

A question addressed in today’s daf (Ketubot 85b) concerns the way in which decisions are made when someone dies having…

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Ketubot 84

As we know, Rosh Hashanah is known as יום הדין, ‘the Day of Judgement’. Yet notwithstanding the awesomeness of Rosh…

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Ketubot 82 & 83

Shana Tova & I hope you had an uplifting start of 5783!In terms of Daf Yomi, over Rosh Hashanah we…

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Ketubot 81

Three times in today’s daf (Ketubot 81a-b) we read how one scholar sent a halachic query to another – and…

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Ketubot 80

A phrase that appears three times in today’s daf (Ketubot 80b) during its discussion about the usages of financial resources…

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Ketubot 79

Today’s daf (Ketubot 79a) teaches us that in a situation where a couple have money to invest, and one spouse…

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Ketubot 78

There is a remarkable halacha discussed in today’s daf (Yevamot 78a) that if a pregnant woman immerses in a mikveh…

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Ketubot 77

Towards the end of today’s daf (Ketubot 77b) is a line that sent shivers down my spine – especially given…

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Ketubot 76

Some years ago I came across a stunning interpretation of an oft-cited halachic principle that is referenced in today’s daf…

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Ketubot 75

Within today’s daf (Ketubot 75a) is a commentary of Rabbi Meyasha the grandson of Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi on a…

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Ketubot 74

One of the various well-known rules of a wedding is that the gift that the groom gives his bride –…

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Ketubot 73

Today’s daf (Ketubot 73a) makes reference to the Talmudic presumption of אין אדם עושה בעילתו בעילת זנות – which means…

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Ketubot 72

Today’s daf (Ketubot 72b) is a key source for the laws of hair covering for married women, and a close…

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Ketubot 71

Imagine this situation: A woman vows not to have marital relations with her husband, and upon hearing her vow, her…

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Ketubot 70

Much of today’s daf (Ketubot 70b) examines the question of agency and, in particular, the halachic question of when someone’s…

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Ketubot 69

Towards the end of today’s daf (Ketubot 69b), and as part of a demonstration of his Torah knowledge, Ilfa proclaims…

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Ketubot 68

Today’s daf (Ketubot 68a) quotes a Beraita which teaches that someone who ‘[temporarily] blinds their eye, or bloats their stomach,…

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Ketubot 67

Towards the end of today’s daf (Ketubot 67b) we are told a story that highlights the great lengths with which…

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Ketubot 66

Today’s daf (Ketubot 66b) relates two stories about Miriam who was the daughter of the incredibly rich Nakdimon ben Guryon…

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Ketubot 65

Among the phrases of the Mishna (Ketubot 5:9) which are analysed in today’s daf (Ketubot 65b) includes ואוכלת עמו –…

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Ketubot 64

The Mishna (Ketubot 5:8) in today’s daf (Ketubot 64b) details what a husband must give his wife as part of…

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Ketubot 63

Sometimes a Talmudic story can be read in two radically different ways. Early on in today’s daf (Ketubot 63a) we…

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Ketubot 62

Earlier this week I started a conversation with someone and asked them how they were doing. Their response was just…

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Ketubot 61

Today’s daf (Ketubot 61a) quotes a number of teachings from Rav Yitzchak bar Chananya, including one which states that if…

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Ketubot 60

We live in a time where we fundamentally believe that each situation should be addressed and determined on its individual…

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Ketubot 59

Among the various reasons for tension and strife in a marriage is ‘expectations’, and specifically, where the expectations of one…

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Ketubot 58

There is a debate in today’s daf (Ketubot 58b) about the principle of whether אדם מקדיש דבר שלא בא לעולם…

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Ketubot 57

The Mishna (Ketubot 5:2) in today’s daf (Ketubot 57a) records the practice of a bride having a year of preparation…

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Ketubot 56

While speaking about a bride and groom’s wedding night, a beraita quoted in today’s daf (Ketubot 56a) uses the phrase…

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Ketubot 55

Today’s daf (Ketubot 55b) raises an important question about the Talmudic principle of אומדנא, or what we may describe as…

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Ketubot 54

Knowing your prefixes is necessary – both when studying biblical Hebrew, and speaking modern Hebrew, and one of the most…

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Ketubot 53

Central to Massechet Ketubot are the personal and financial responsibilities that a husband accepts upon himself as delineated in the…

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Ketubot 52

The Mishna (Ketubot 4:12) in today’s daf (Ketubot 52b) relates how אנשי ירושלים, the men of Jerusalem, would include the…

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Ketubot 51

The opening words of the Mishna (Ketubot 4:7) in today’s daf (Ketubot 51a), which speak of a case of לא…

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Ketubot 50

In the instances when I have suggested a Torah interpretation and I have subsequently found the same interpretation in the…

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Ketubot 49

A major theme in today’s daf (Ketubot 49a-b) relates to a father’s duty to sustain his children both during his…

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Ketubot 48

Twice in today’s daf (Ketubot 48a) reference is made to what Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (in his commentary to Shemot…

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Ketubot 47

Today’s daf (Ketubot 47b) cites Shemot 21:10 which emphasises how a husband is obligated to provide his wife with שְׁאֵרָהּ…

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Ketubot 46

When we think of the word רע – which is often translated as ‘bad’ or ‘evil’ – we generally presume…

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Ketubot 45

Today’s daf (Ketubot 45b) discusses the punishment due to an adulteress and a defamer and it notes how זו מעשיה…

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Ketubot 44

While discussing the punishment given to a Jewish woman who committed adultery having formally married her husband (kiddushin) but not…

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Ketubot 43

Today’s daf (Ketubot 43a) touches on an important topic which talks to me very personally. Specifically, what will happen to…

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Ketubot 42

Having just started the fourth chapter of Massechet Ketubot titled נערה שנתפתתה meaning ‘a girl who was seduced’, and given…

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Ketubot 41

The Mishna (3:9) in today’s daf (Ketubot 41a) informs us that while those responsible for causing personal harm or for…

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Ketubot 40

  The Mishna (Ketubot 3:6) in today’s daf (Ketubot 40a) invokes the opinion of Rabbi Elazar about the fines that…

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Ketubot 39

A beraita is cited in today’s daf (Ketubot 39a) which lists a number of at-risk situations (eg. a pregnant or…

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Ketubot 38

Sometimes, notwithstanding the subject of a daf being one topic, certain words or phrases leap out because they speak to…

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Ketubot 37

Today’s daf (Ketubot 37b) dedicates much of its time to discuss various punishments that were meted out by the Sanhedrin.…

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Ketubot 36

Whispers, gossip, and rumours. Nobody wants to be spoken about behind their back and especially if what is being said…

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Ketubot 35

There is one biblical word that has been the focus of attention in recent dapim (Ketubot 30a, 33a, 34b, 35a):…

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Ketubot 34

Today’s daf (Ketubot 34a) cites a beraita – quoted in at least six other places in the Talmud (eg. Shabbat…

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Ketubot 31-33

We were previously taught in Ketubot 31b about the punishment of lashes, while much of Ketubot 32b focuses its attention…

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Tisha B’Av

What daf am I to study today?Since today is Tisha B’Av, the study of today’s daf yomi (Ketubot 32) must…

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Ketubot 30

Today’s daf (Ketubot 30a) quotes a verse from Mishlei 22:5 which states: צִנִּים פַּחִים בְּדֶרֶךְ עִקֵּשׁ שׁוֹמֵר נַפְשׁוֹ יִרְחַק מֵהֶם…

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Ketubot 29

The primary focus of discussion in today’s daf (Ketubot 29) is the financial penalty for those who have committed the…

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Ketubot 28

The Mishna (Ketubot 2:10) in today’s daf (Ketubot 28a) lists the realms of testimony where an adult is relied upon…

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Ketubot 27

Today’s daf (Ketubot 27b) recounts how the brother of Mari bar Isak, who had spent his early years with Mari…

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Ketubot 26

In the first few lines of today’s daf (Ketubot 26a), reference is made to a fascinating halachic principle called מסיח…

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Ketubot 25

Today’s daf (Ketubot 25a) references the mitzvah of חלה (challah) – which is the portion of dough given to Kohanim…

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Ketubot 24

Given that today’s daf (Ketubot 24a-b) discusses the reliability of someone who claims they are a Kohen in terms of…

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Ketubot 23

Do you know what is going on in the life of your close neighbour?There are some people who presume that…

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Ketubot 22

‘We cannot control what others say or do, but we should strive to do what we can so that others…

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Ketubot 21

Today’s daf (Ketubot 21b) relates how Rabbi Abba taught that a witness can become a judge. In response, Rav Safra…

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Ketubot 20

Amidst its wide-ranging discussion about evidence, testimony and memory, today’s daf (Ketubot 20a) draws a fascinating distinction between the concept…

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Ketubot 19

Embedded in its discussion concerning the dangers of holding onto already paid-up notes of indebtedness, today’s daf (Ketubot 19b) quotes…

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Ketubot 18

Within today’s daf (Ketubot 18b), reference is made to the principle of אין אדם משים עצמו רשע – ‘a person…

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Ketubot 17

Basing himself on today’s daf (Ketubot 17a), the Rambam (Hilchot Avel 14:8) rules that: ‘in a situation where someone is…

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Ketubot 16

In general, I am averse to making generalizations about any groups of people, and I am particularly averse to making…

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Ketubot 15

Given that today’s daf (Ketubot 15a-b) includes a substantive discussion about fundamental principles of halachic doubt – such that Moshe…

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Ketubot 14

Early on in today’s daf (Ketubot 14a), reference is made to the position of Rabban Gamliel who – as I…

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Ketubot 13

A curious phrase is used in a Mishna (Ketubot 1:6) found in today’s daf (Ketubot 13a) – which is also…

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Ketubot 12

Today’s daf (Ketubot 12b) references the halachic principle of ברי ושמא ברי עדיף – which literally means ‘certain and possible,…

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Ketubot 11

Today is the (postponed) fast of the 17th of Tammuz which commemorates five tragic events that occurred on this date…

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Ketubot 10

Today’s daf (Ketubot 10b) tells a story where a halachic question is asked by a husband to Rabbi Yehuda HaNassi…

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Ketubot 9

Today’s daf (Ketubot 9b) references the ‘war get’ which married soldiers of the army of King David were required to…

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Ketubot 8

It is a well-known fact that wherever Jews live, they are meant to face Jerusalem in prayer (see Brachot 30a).…

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Ketubot 7

If you’ve been to what we often refer to as a ‘traditional Jewish wedding’, you will know that the ceremony…

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Ketubot 6

On three occasions, today’s daf (Ketubot 6a-b) draws a halachic comparison – twice when discussing the physiological consequences of a…

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Ketubot 5

As part of its technical discussion about the possibility of someone getting so distracted in their preparations for a meal…

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Ketubot 4

Today’s daf (Ketubot 4b) draws a distinction between the kinds of personal gestures that a woman may do for her…

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Ketubot 3

A topic addressed both in yesterday (Ketubot 2b) and today’s daf (Ketubot 3a) is the status of a ‘get’ (Jewish…

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Ketubot 2

Today we begin our study of Massechet Ketubot (1:1) which informs us in its opening Mishna that the marriage of…

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Yevamot 122

Mazal Tov! Today, those studying Daf Yomi complete their study of Massechet Yevamot which has spanned 4 months! and which…

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Yevamot 121

If you have ever walked around the national cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, you may have noticed the memorial…

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Yevamot 120

Amid a discussion seeking to resolve an apparent contradiction between a Mishna in Massechet Yevamot (16:3) and a Mishna in…

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Yevamot 119

I previously explained in my commentary to Yevamot 99a (see https://rabbijohnnysolomon.com/yevamot-99/ how the seemingly improbable case described in that Mishna…

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Yevamot 118

Today’s daf (Yevamot 118a), while discussing the laws of testimony about the death of a husband by co-wives where one…

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Yevamot 117

Today’s daf (Yevamot 117a) contains a stunning insight about our relationship with Torah – as derived from a verse in…

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Yevamot 116

A story is told in today’s daf (Yevamot 116b) which is the basis for an important Talmudic rule:‘It occurred at…

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Yevamot 115

Today’s daf (Yevamot 115a) states a principle that people don’t lie about facts that are likely to become known in…

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Yevamot 114

The Mishna (Yevamot 15:1) in today’s daf (Yevamot 114b) discusses the circumstances where a woman testifying to the death of…

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Yevamot 113

Today’s daf (Yevamot 113a) informs us how ‘there was once a certain deaf-mute who was living in Rav Malkiyo’s neighbourhood.…

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Yevamot 112

Today’s daf (Yevamot 112a) quotes a Mishna from Massechet Nedarim (11:12) that uses a very powerful phrase. Specifically, in the…

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Yevamot 111

Oftentimes, instead of writing a commentary to the Mishna and Gemara, I simply just try and listen to the emotions…

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Yevamot 110

Today’s daf (Yevamot 110b) touches on a topic that I have addressed every year in my ‘Jewish Moral Dilemmas course’,…

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Yevamot 109

In today’s daf (Yevamot 109a), Bar Kapara teaches a Beraita which states how: ‘A person should always cleave to three…

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Yevamot 108

Three dapim ago (Yevamot 105b) we read the dramtic story which Jeffrey L. Rubenstein calls, ‘The Shaming of Abdan’ (see…

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Yevamot 107

Early on in today’s daf (Yevamot 107a), in seeking to provide a rationale for Beit Shammai’s position who asserts –…

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Yevamot 106

The final lines of today’s daf (Yevamot 106b) elaborate upon Devarim 25:10 which informs us, concerning the Yavam who refuses…

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Yevamot 105

Today I would like to elaborate on my commentary to Rosh Hashanah 18a (see https://rabbijohnnysolomon.com/rosh-hashanah-18/) and address the teaching found…

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Yevamot 103-4

A review of Yevamot 103-104 informs us that the Halitzah ceremony must involve the removal of a shoe from the…

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Yevamot 102

Six months ago in my commentary to Megillah 16a (see https://rabbijohnnysolomon.com/megillah-16/) I spoke about the importance of us being prepared…

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Yevamot 101

A few weeks ago the Jewish world mourned the death of Rabbi Nota Greenblatt (1925-2022) who, aside from being the…

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Yevamot 100

We are taught in today’s daf (Yevamot 100a) how Rava changed his Beit Din prioritisation policy in response to hearing…

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Yevamot 99

Sometimes all it takes is a few words to help make sense of what seems to be an unnecessarily confusing…

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Yevamot 98

I would like to share what I believe to be an original reading of a cryptic story in today’s daf…

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Yevamot 97

Following the discussion initiated on Yevamot 96b about the importance of attributing Torah insights to their original composers, today’s daf…

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Yevamot 96

The Mishna (Yevamot 10:5) in today’s daf (Yevamot 96a) begins by telling us about a man who, having been informed…

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Yevamot 95

Yevamot 95a-b examines the human cost of forbidden sexual relationships, and specifically, how a marriage is halachically impacted when the…

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Yevamot 94

In response to the interpretation given by Rabbi Elazar ben Matya in Mishna Yevamot (10:3, 92a) to Vayikra 21:7, our…

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Yevamot 93

Much of the focus of today’s daf (Yevamot 93a) concerns the question of אדם מקנה דבר שלא בא לעולם, i.e.…

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Yevamot 89-92

While I generally endeavour to write an individual post on every page of daf yomi, in very rare instances –…

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Yevamot 88

There is a lovely phrase used repeatedly in today’s daf (Yevamot 88b) that I feel is a wonderful message for…

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Yevamot 87

The Mishna (Yevamot 10:1) in today’s daf (Yevamot 87b) describes one of those terrible ‘what-if’ cases, where a woman whose…

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Yevamot 86

Today’s daf (Yevamot 86b) quotes a verse (Ezra 8:15) describing an event which ostensibly only took place because of a…

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Yevamot 85

We were previously taught in the Mishna (Yevamot 9:3, 84a) that marriages forbidden by Torah law (eg. a Kohen Gadol…

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Yevamot 84

Among the various cases recorded in the Mishna (Yevamot 9:2) in today’s daf (Yevamot 84a) are cases of women ‘who…

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Yevamot 83

In today’s daf (Yevamot 83a), reference is made to Mishna Shevi’it 2:6 which discusses the permitted timeline for planting and…

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Yevamot 82

One of my favourite films is Cast Away which tells the story of Chuck Noland, a systems analyst for Fedex…

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Yevamot 81

Today’s daf (Yevamot 81b) makes reference to a fascinating halachic principle of כל דבר שבמניין אינו בטל – literally ‘any…

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Yevamot 80

Much of today’s daf (Yevamot 80a-b) addresses the physical סימנים (signs) indicating how a woman or a man have reached…

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Yevamot 79

For some people, Yevamot 78-79 (i.e. yesterday and today’s daf) are simply more of the same technical halachic debates relating…

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Yevamot 78

There is a remarkable halacha discussed in today’s daf (Yevamot 78a) that if a pregnant woman immerses in a mikveh…

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Yevamot 77

One of the most frequently quoted verses in Orthodox girls’ schools and Seminaries are the words of Tehillim 45:14: כָּל…

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Yevamot 76

Today’s daf (Yevamot 76b) informs us that while the mistreatment of Bnei Yisrael by the male Amonites and Moabites led…

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Yevamot 75

Much of today’s daf (Yevamot 75b) deals with the laws of a פצוע דכא – someone with wounded or crushed…

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Yevamot 74

Today’s daf (Yevamot 74a) focusses on the restrictions of various individuals such as an אונן (someone whose close relative has…

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Yevamot 73

For reasons which I’ve yet to fully understand, many Jews don’t consider the terrifying statistics of assimilation as being something…

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Yevamot 72

There is a remark in today’s daf (Yevamot 72b) which serves as a powerful reminder about the need for time,…

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Yevamot 71

I previously noted in my commentary to yesterday’s daf that those who are ערלים (uncircumcised) are not permitted by Torah…

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Yevamot 70

Today we begin Chapter 8 of Massechet Yevamot titled הערל which is often translated as ‘an uncircumcised person’, and it…

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Yevamot 68 & 69

If I had to pick a theme that emerges from our study of Yevamot 68 & 69, it would be…

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Yevamot 67

Throughout today’s daf (Yevamot 67a), reference is made to the laws of inheritance, and specifically, to the laws of inheritance…

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Yevamot 66

Today’s daf (Yevamot 66b) quotes from Mishna Terumot 11:9 to teach us that a cow rented by a Israel from…

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Yevamot 65

In today’s daf (Yevamot 65b), Rabbi Abba quotes from Mishlei 9:8 which states, אַל תּוֹכַח לֵץ פֶּן יִשְׂנָאֶךָּ הוֹכַח לְחָכָם…

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Yevamot 64

The Mishna (Yevamot 6:6) in today’s daf (Yevamot 64a) states that if a couple are married for ten years and…

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Yevamot 63

Many of us – myself included – worry. Still, among the various teachings from the Book of Ben Sira that…

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Yevamot 62

Today’s daf (Yevamot 62a) tells the story of the death of Rabbi Akiva’s students, and while I have previously attempted…

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Yevamot 61

Of those who read my daily daf insights, they differ significantly in terms of age, background, and location. Yet beyond…

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Yevamot 60

Early on in today’s daf (Yevamot 60a) an attempt is made to understand the reasoning of one of Rabbi Eliezar…

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Yevamot 59

Much of today’s daf (Yevamot 59a) focusses on the laws of marriage for a Kohen Gadol about whom the Torah…

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Yevamot 58

Today’s daf (Yevamot 58b) discusses the complex halachot concerning a woman who is a בת כהן (the daughter of a…

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Yevamot 57

While various cases are presented in today’s daf (Yevamot 57a) relating to Kohanim, I would like to focus on just…

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Yevamot 56

Three years ago I attended a conference where Rabbi Dr. Rafi Feuerstein spoke about a topic close to his heart;…

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Yevamot 55

The Torah’s model of yibum, which our Massechet has discussed at length, involves a woman marrying her deceased husband’s brother…

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Yevamot 54

Amid the various complex and – at times – startling cases discussed in today’s daf (Yevamot 54a), Rav Ashi teaches…

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Yevamot 53

If you’ve been following my commentary on Massechet Yevamot (and especially my remarks on Yevamot 3 – https://rabbijohnnysolomon.com/yevamot-3/, Yevamot 8…

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Yevamot 52

Today is Yom HaZikaron LaShoah VeLaGevurah, and though – as every day – my task is to study today’s daf…

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Yevamot 51

Early on in our study of Massechet Yevamot (see for example my commentary to Yevamot 8b) we explained that though…

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Yevamot 50

We were previously taught in the Mishna (Yevamot 4:13, 49a) that ‘if a man’s wife died, he is permitted to…

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Yevamot 49

In most houses and apartments, the glass used in toilet and bathroom windows differ from those in the rest of…

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Yevamot 48

The final teaching in today’s daf (Yevamot 48b) states that once a non-Jew has decided to convert to Judaism, they…

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Yevamot 46&47

One of the most profound perspectives in the teachings of Rav Soloveitchik is his examination, in ‘Kol Dodi Dofek’, of…

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Yevamot 45

The final teaching in today’s daf (Yevamot 45b) was said by Rav Chama bar Gurya, quoting Rav, stating that: ‘If…

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Yevamot 44

Throughout my posts on Massechet Yevamot I have emphasised how the mitzvah of Yibum is fraught with moral and ethical…

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Yevamot 43

Towards the end of today’s daf (Yevamot 43b) we find a Beraita listing what may or may not be done…

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Yevamot 42

A Beraita is cited in today’s daf (Yevamot 42b) which makes reference to a ruling מפי חכמים בכרם ביבנה –…

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Yevamot 41

Embedded in the Mishna (Yevamot 4:10) in today’s daf (Yevamot 41a) is a fascinating remark reflecting – at least according…

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Yevamot 40

As we are in the midst of the festival of freedom, and having just had our Pesach Seder, it seems…

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Yevamot 39

In my commentary to Yevamot 3a (see https://rabbijohnnysolomon.com/yevamot-3/), I referenced Yevamot 39b, because it is here where Abba Shaul teaches…

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Yevamot 38

While not the only example, it is rare for a Mishna to appear verbatim as a Mishna in two different…

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Yevamot 37

I have often said that halachic sayings and teachings contain and seek to convey Jewish values and philosophy, and upon…

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Yevamot 36

The final lines of today’s daf (Yevamot 36b), continuing onto tomorrow’s daf (Yevamot 37a), raises an oft-overlooked and highly misunderstood…

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Yevamot 35

A principle discussed in today’s daf (Yevamot 35b) and stated explicitly in a later Mishna (Yevamot 4:10, 41a) is that…

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Yevamot 34

In today’s daf (Yevamot 34b) we find a curious teaching of Rav Yochanan that: כל ששהתה אחר בעלה עשר שנים…

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Yevamot 33

Both in today’s (Yevamot 33b) and yesterday’s (Yevamot 32b) daf, reference is made to the level of transgression committed by…

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Yevamot 32

Today’s daf (Yevamot 32a) makes reference to the biblical verse (Devarim 25:9) describing the halitzah procedure where the woman makes…

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Yevamot 31

Much of today’s daf (Yevamot 31) explores the difference between קידושין (marriage) and גירושין (divorce) and, specifically, the differences between…

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Yevamot 30

The first Mishna (Yevamot 1:1) in Massechet Yevamot (2a) discusses the situation where a man with more than one wife…

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Yevamot 29

The Mishna (Yevamot 3:5) in today’s daf (Yevamot 29a) describes a case of three brothers, where two of the brothers…

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Yevamot 28

We were previously taught in the Mishna (Yevamot 3:1, 26a) about a case of four brothers, where two of them…

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Yevamot 27

Earlier on in Massechet Yevamot (14b-15a) we learnt a Beraita where we were informed of Rav Yochanan ben Nuri’s attempt…

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Yevamot 25

The Mishna (Yevamot 2:9) in today’s daf (Yevamot 25a) informs us that if a man brings a Jewish divorce bill…

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Yevamot 24

I have previously explained that Massechet Yevamot contains much material about conversion, and given this, I would like to make…

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Yevamot 23

In previous posts I have spoken about my method of learning and writing my thoughts on the daily daf, and…

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Yevamot 22

A topic that is regularly addressed in Massechet Yevamot which, as those currently studying it have come to discover, is…

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Yevamot 21

We are taught in Massechet Moed Katan 28a that Rav Chisda was blessed with good Mazal, and this is affirmed…

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Yevamot 20

As part of its discussion about the various biblically and rabbinically prohibited relationships, today’s daf (Yevamot 20a) quotes a remarkable…

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Yevamot 19

As we know, almost all of Massechet Yevamot is about relationships, and specifically, the closeness or distance of relationships that…

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Yevamot 18

A week ago the Jewish world lost a beacon of Torah dedication and Torah scholarship, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky zt’l, who…

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Yevamot 17

Today’s daf (Yevamot 17a) contains a brief teaching which, depending on how it is interpreted, has radical implications.The question posed…

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Yevamot 16

Today’s daf (Yevamot 16a) records an exchange between Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Yonatan ben Harkinas – who was a student…

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Yevamot 15

It is possible that you have an accent that clearly informs those who speak with you about the location where…

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Yevamot 14

As we know, the Gemara is replete with over 300 disagreements between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai. However, what we…

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Yevamot 13

Within its discussion about the different Yibbum and Halitzah policies of Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai as recorded in the…

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Yevamot 12

Today’s daf (Yevamot 12a) contains a teaching of Rebbi which, though said with respect to the laws of Yibbum and…

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Yevamot 11

The Beraita towards the end of today’s daf (Yevamot 11b) tells us about a very particular situation where a couple…

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Yevamot 10

Purim Sameach! Yesterday’s daf (Yevamot 9a) contained an insult said by Rebbi about his student Levi – כמדומה לי שאין…

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Yevamot 9

Today is Ta’anit Esther and though – from afar – today’s daf (Yevamot 9a) has little to say about this…

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Yevamot 8

Towards the end of today’s daf (Yevamot 8b) is a brief statement which should agitate anyone with a moral compass.…

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Yevamot 7

In its pursuit of finding proof that a positive commandment (מצות עשה) can override a negative commandment (מצות לא תעשה)…

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Yevamot 6

As part of the Gemara’s pursuit in finding proof for how various mitzvot override others, today’s daf (Yevamot 6a) cites…

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Yevamot 5

Much of yesterday, today’s (Yevamot 5), as well as the upcoming dapim are dedicated to the topic of proof, and…

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Yevamot 4

Sometimes, when studying the Gemara, we encounter a teaching that prompts us to do a double take because we struggle…

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Yevamot 3

Having been taught that if a co-wife of a woman whose husband has died without children is forbidden to marry…

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Yevamot 2

Today we begin our study of Seder Nashim and, specifically, Massechet Yevamot, though it should be noted that in the…

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Chagigah 27

Today we finish our study of Massechet Chagigah and consequently our study of all of Seder Moed! And to say…

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Chagigah 26

Today’s daf (Chagigah 26a) – the penultimate page in Massechet Chagigah – contains an exquisite teaching about the way people…

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Chagigah 25

We were taught in the Mishna (Chagigah 3:4, see Chagigah 24b) that wine and oil brought by those who are…

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Chagigah 24

We were previously taught in the Mishna (Chagigah 3:2) that ‘with regard to teruma (priestly food), if one of one’s…

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Chagigah 23

Today’s daf (Chagigah 23a) informs us of an unsettling story: ‘There was an incident involving a certain person who was…

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Chagigah 22

An age-old question in the world of rabbinics is what should be the right psak and policy when at least…

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Chagigah 21

We were previously taught in Mishna Chagigah 3:1 (20b) about a variety of stringencies concerning the laws of spiritual purity…

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Chagigah 20

What happens if someone plans to travel to a particular destination and, given their excess luggage, they hire donkey drivers…

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Chagigah 19

In today’s daf (Chagigah 19a) we are taught the principle of אין מטבילין באויר – ‘we do not do immersion…

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Chagigah 18

One of the first questions that a gym instructor or personal trainer might ask a new client is what is…

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Chagigah 17

Basing itself on Devarim 16:7, we learn in today’s daf (Chagigah 17a-b) that having come to Jerusalem and consumed the…

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Chagigah 16

While evil which is witnessed by others can be testified about by others, today’s daf (Chagigah 16a) raises the question…

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Chagigah 15

Almost all of today’s daf (Chagigah 15a-b) examines the personality of Elisha ben Ayuva – otherwise known as ‘Acher’ (literally,…

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Chagigah 14

Today’s daf (Chagigah 14b) informs us how four different Torah scholars – Ben Azzai, Ben Zoma, Acher and Rabbi Akiva…

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Chagigah 13

Much of today’s daf (Chagigah 13b) compares and seeks to interpret the prophetic visions of Yeshayahu (Isaiah) and Yechezkel (Ezekiel).…

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Chagigah 12

Reflecting on how God uses the name “I am El Shaddai” (Bereishit 35:11), today’s daf (Chagigah 12a) records the opinion…

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Chagigah 11

There are some subjects which are so delicate, and so open to misunderstanding, that they should only be taught in…

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Chagigah 10

Having reached Mishna Chagigah 1:8 in today’s daf (Chagigah 10a) which, though it does refer to the laws of the…

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Chagigah 9

What choices of your past that you cannot fix do you most regret?This, fundamentally, is the question posed in the…

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Chagigah 8

The Mishna (Chagigah 1:5) in today’s daf (Chagigah 8b) states that someone with many dependents and a more limited budget…

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Chagigah 7

Today’s daf (Chagigah 7a) repeatedly references Mishlei 25:17 which states: הֹקַר רַגְלְךָ מִבֵּית רֵעֶךָ פֶּן יִשְׂבָּעֲךָ וּשְׂנֵאֶךָ – ‘Let the…

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Chagigah 6

Today’s daf (Chagigah 6a-b) explores a dispute between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai referenced in the first daf of Massechet…

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Chagigah 5

We all know that there is a prohibition called לשון הרע (Lashon HaRa, whose primary biblical prooftext is Vayikra 19:16),…

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Chagigah 4

There are times when an item or experience that we want is, for various reasons, not available to us. There…

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Chagigah 3

According to Rambam’s 8th ‘Principle of Faith’, it is essential to consider every word of the Written Torah to be…

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Chagigah 2

The first daf of Massechet Chagigah (2a) focusses on the mitzvah of ראייה, meaning the ‘appearing’ and ‘being seen’ at…

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Moed Katan 29

Mazal Tov! Today we complete our study of Massechet Moed Katan which, over the past month, has taught us a…

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Moed Katan 28

This Shabbat we will be reading Parshat Tetzaveh, which teaches us about the various בגדי כהונה (priestly clothes), and it…

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Moed Katan 27

Sometimes you can read about an incident that took place in the past and not fully appreciate the impact that…

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Moed Katan 26

Today’s daf (Moed Katan 26a) informs us that קריעה should be performed not only on the death of one’s mother…

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Moed Katan 25

Early on in today’s daf (Moed Katan 25a) a ‘suggestion’ is made that children die young because their parents did…

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Moed Katan 24

The Mishna (Moed Katan 3:7) at the end of today’s daf (Moed Katan 24b) states that only the seven closest…

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Moed Katan 23

We are taught in today’s daf (Moed Katan 23a-b) that there was a dispute between בני יהודה (the Judeans) and…

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Moed Katan 22

Today’s daf (Moed Katan 22b) speaks about קריעה – the tefach-long tear that a mourner rips into their clothes upon…

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Moed Katan 21

Today’s daf (Moed Katan 21b) informs us that a mourner is forbidden בשאילת שלום (which is generally translated as meaning…

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Moed Katan 20

It is a concept which I began exploring many years ago, and one that is explicitly discussed by a range…

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Moed Katan 19

The Mishna (Moed Katan 3:3) in today’s daf (Moed Katan 18b) lists a variety of procedures and actions that may…

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Moed Katan 18

The Mishna (Moed Katan 3:3) in today’s daf (Moed Katan 18b) lists a variety of procedures and actions that may…

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Moed Katan 17

Today’s daf (Moed Katan 17a, and also repeated in Chagigah 15b) contains an oft-cited yet nevertheless cryptic teaching about the…

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Moed Katan 16

Sometimes you can look at the same text many times, each time thinking that you have understood it, but then…

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Moed Katan 15

Today is International Holocaust Memorial Day when many people around the world will learn about, and reflect upon, the horrors…

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Moed Katan 14

We are taught by Rav Yosef in today’s daf (Moed Katan 14b) that the Sanhedrin would try capital cases on…

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Moed Katan 13

A topic that arises in today’s daf (Moed Katan 13a) relates to the types of business deals and other work…

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Moed Katan 12

We are taught in today’s daf (Moed Katan 12b) in the name of Rav that it is permitted to cut…

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Moed Katan 11

Massechet Moed Katan, which spans three chapters, primarily addresses the laws of Chol HaMoed. However, much of its third chapter…

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Moed Katan 10

Today’s daf (Moed Katan 10) addresses a range of activities that people may want – or feel that they need…

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Moed Katan 9

It happens twice in our daf (Moed Katan 9b). A son is encouraged by his father to receive a bracha…

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Moed Katan 8

We are taught in the Mishna (Moed Katan 1:7) that weddings may not be held on Chol HaMoed. However, as…

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Moed Katan 7

The Mishna (Moed Katan 1:5) and the subsequent discussion in today’s daf (Moed Katan 7a), contains what I believe to…

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Moed Katan 6

Having been taught in the Mishna (Moed Katan 1:2) that ויוצאין אף על הכלאים – ‘[agents of the court] also…

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Moed Katan 5

We were previously taught in the Mishna (Moed Katan 1:2) that it is permissible to fix markers on an unmarked…

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Moed Katan 4

We were previously taught in the Mishna (Moed Katan 1:2) that ומתקנין את המקולקלת במועד – ‘we may repair a…

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Moed Katan 3

Much of today’s daf (Moed Katan 3a-b) explores the various activities which are prohibited during the Shemitta year, and it…

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Moed Katan 2

To be a ‘Shaliach’ is generally translated, at least in the purely halachic sense, as a ‘messenger’ whose task it…

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Megillah 32

Mazal Tov! Today we completed our study of Massechet Megillah, and in the final daf (Megillah 32a) we are taught…

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Megillah 31

Today’s daf (Megillah 31b) contains a pithy teaching that conveys a lesson derived from an episode in Sefer Melachim (The…

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Megillah 30

We were taught in the Mishna (Megillah 3:4) that on the second of the series of the four special Shabbatot…

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Megillah 29

Much of today’s daf (Megillah 29a) explores the concept that, even absent of the Temple, God’s presence (Shechina) remains with…

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Megillah 28

Much of Megillah 27b-28a is filled with the responses of various elderly Talmudic masters to the question posed to them…

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Megillah 27

Sometimes we can learn a text and do a double-take because either we suspect that we haven’t understood the text…

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Megillah 26

We generally assume that once an item has been sanctified for sacred purposes, it is then considered to be sacred.…

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Megillah 25

Today’s daf (Megillah 25a-b) contains two Mishnaic teachings that – on first glance – are contradictory, while – at the…

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Megillah 24

A fascinating discussion in today’s daf (Megillah 24b) relates to a verse in Devarim 28:29 which warns the Jewish people…

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Megillah 23

There are times when the word ‘Torah’ is used to exclusively refer to the Pentateuch (חמישה חומשי תורה), times when…

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Megillah 22

Today is Rosh Chodesh Shvat, and today’s daf (Megillah 22b) teaches us that on Rosh Chodesh there is an extra…

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Megillah 21

We are taught in today’s daf (Megillah 21a) that one must stand when reading the Torah for a congregation, and…

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Megillah 20

The Mishna (Megillah 2:4) in today’s daf (Megillah 20a) lists a variety of mitzvot that need to be performed in…

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Megillah 19

The Mishna (Megillah 2:3) in today’s daf (Megillah 19a) records a debate between Rabbi Meir, Rabbi Yehuda and Rabbi Yosi…

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Megillah 18

We are taught in today’s daf (Megillah 18b) that a Megillah or, in fact, even one letter of the Megillah,…

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Megillah 17

Today’s daf (Megillah 17a) contains many fascinating and profound teachings. But since the daf opens with a teaching – echoed…

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Megillah 16

In recent weeks I’ve been listening to the podcast ‘A Slight Change of Plans’, and when I studied a particular…

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Megillah 15

Today’s daf (Megillah 15a) includes the teaching of Rabbi Elazar in the name of Rabbi Chanina that the blessing of…

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Megillah 14

Much of today’s daf (Megillah 14a-b) teaches us about the שבע נביאות – the seven biblical prophetesses (Sarah, Miriam, Devorah,…

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Megillah 13

Today’s daf (Megillah 13b) provides us with a stark reminder that the Jewish people are in danger when those with…

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Megillah 12

Today’s daf (Megillah 12b) decodes the information that we are told about Mordechai in the beginning of the Megillah (Esther…

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Megillah 11

Throughout the Tanach we find people or groups of people who presume that they can know, with both precision and…

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Megillah 10

While not experienced by all those who had the displeasure of COVID, nevertheless one of the oft-discussed side effects of…

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Megillah 9

In today’s daf (Megillah 9a-b) we are taught that beyond a Torah scroll being written in the classic כתב אשורית,…

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Megillah 8

Today’s daf (Megillah 8a-b) contains many of the Mishnayot in the first chapter of Massechet Megillah where each of them…

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Megillah 7

Today’s daf (Megillah 7b) includes the oft-quoted teaching of Rava that: ‘It is the duty of a man to intoxicate…

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Megillah 6

Today’s daf (Megillah 6b) contains a blunt yet important teaching by Rabbi Yitzchak that I often cite:‘If someone tells you…

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Megillah 5

In one of his stand-up performances, British comedian Ashley Blaker speaks of those Jews who go to synagogue just twice…

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Megillah 4

Today’s daf (Megillah 4a) records a fascinating rule taught by Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi which, though codified by many of…

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Megillah 3

Today’s daf (Megillah 3a-b) records how those serving in the Beit HaMikdash must temporarily cease doing so in order to…

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Megillah 2

Today we begin Massechet Megillah whose opening Mishna informs us that while residents of walled cities (כרכין המוקפין) read Megillat…

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Rosh Hashanah 25

Rabban Gamliel was a remarkable Torah scholar and religious leader. He was a direct descendent of Hillel, and he was…

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Rosh Hashanah 24

Today’s daf (Rosh Hashanah 24a-b) explores what witnesses must see in order for their testimony about the new moon be…

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Rosh Hashanah 23

Today’s daf (Rosh Hashanah 23a) contains a teaching by Rav Yochanan that ‘whoever learns Torah and does not teach it…

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Rosh Hashanah 22

Having discussed some laws relating to testifying about a new moon, the Mishna (Rosh Hashanah 1:8) in today’s daf (Rosh…

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Rosh Hashanah 21

The Mishna (Rosh Hashanah 1:6) found in today’s daf (Rosh Hashanah 21b) describes a fascinating situation concerning the halacha which…

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Rosh Hashanah 20

The sole focus of our daf today (Rosh Hashanah 20a-b) are the laws pertaining to Rosh Chodesh and the various…

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Rosh Hashanah 19

The theme of much of today’s daf (Rosh Hashanah 19a) is the Jewish Calendar and the sanctity of the festivals,…

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Rosh Hashanah 18

We are taught a profound idea in today’s daf (Rosh Hashanah 18a) that Torah study, together with acts of kindness…

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Rosh Hashanah 17

 Much of the discussion in today’s daf (Rosh Hashanah 17a) relates to God’s final judgement of our deeds at the…

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Rosh Hashanah 16

Today’s daf (Rosh Hashanah 16b) contains many profound theological teachings, including many associations with Parshat Vayera that we just read…

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Rosh Hashanah 15

We have previously learnt (Sukkah 35a) that one of the reasons why an Etrog is referred to with the word…

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Rosh Hashanah 14

Today’s daf (Rosh Hashanah 14b) quotes an oft-cited Beraita – capturing a unique period in Jewish history where personal halachic…

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Rosh Hashanah 13

In today’s daf (Rosh Hashanah 13a), as part of a broader discussion about the time it takes for fruit to…

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Rosh Hashanah 12

Almost every year, at some point on January 1st, we read of a similar story highlighting one of the most…

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Rosh Hashanah 11

Every Friday night, as part of the Kiddush, we recite the words of Bereishit 2:1-3 which begins with the phrase:…

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Rosh Hashanah 10

Today’s daf (Rosh Hashanah 10a-b) explores the question of whether periods shorter than a year can, in particular circumstances and…

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Rosh Hashanah 9

Much of Massechet Rosh Hashanah explores the concept of time, and in today’s daf (Rosh Hashanah 9a) we encounter a…

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Rosh Hashanah 8

We are taught in today’s daf (Rosh Hashanah 8a) that Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak said that the first of Tishrei…

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Rosh Hashanah 7

Many years ago I read a unique book which unfortunately has few parallels before or since. Titled ‘One People, Two…

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Rosh Hashanah 6

Much of today’s daf (Rosh Hashanah 6a) explores the laws of נדרים (vows), and it is here that a Beraita…

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Rosh Hashanah 5

Yesterday, the 7th of Cheshvan, was the 88th yartzheit of Rav Meir Shapiro (1887-1933) who is regarded by many as…

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Rosh Hashanah 4

Today’s daf (Rosh Hashanah 4b) contains a rabbinic aphorism that I regularly invoke which, though mentioned in our daf as…

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Rosh Hashanah 3

There is an interesting phrase used in today’s daf (Rosh Hashanah 3b) in relation to Daryavesh (Darius) who, as is…

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Rosh Hashanah 2

Having been taught in the Mishna (Rosh Hashanah 1:1) that the first of Nissan is the New Year for kings,…

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Beitzah 40

When considering what should be my thought for today’s daf (Beitzah 40b) – the final in the Massechet – I…

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Beitzah 39

Having previously explained how the laws of ‘techumin’ (i.e. the prohibition of walking more than 2,000 amot beyond a town…

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Beitzah 38

 Today’s daf (Beitzah 38a-b) contains one of the most confusing and cryptic exchanges in the entire Gemara.We are told that…

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Beitzah 37

A fascinating principle relating to ‘techumin’ (boundaries) is taught in the Mishna (Beitzah 5:4) found in today’s daf (Beitzah 37a)…

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Beitzah 36

The Mishna (Beitzah 5:2) in today’s daf (Beitzah 36b) lists a variety of activities which our Sages forbade on Shabbat…

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Beitzah 35

The Mishna (Beitzah 5:1) in today’s daf (Beitzah 35b) informs us that “We may put a vessel under dripping water…

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Beitzah 34

In today’s daf (Beitzah 34a) we are taught a Beraita which describes an unusual situation where a number of people…

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Beitzah 33

Today’s daf (Beitzah 33b) makes reference to woods with a fragrance, noting that ‘we may handle fragrant woods [on Shabbat]…

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Beitzah 32

     Today’s daf (Beitzah 32b) informs us of a halacha that we may be מוחט a wick on Yom…

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Beitzah 31

 Today’s daf (Beitzah 31b) raises the question of whether food may be taken on Yom Tov from a room that…

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Beitzah 30

The Mishna (Beitzah 4:1), as cited in today’s daf (30a), rules that in order to distinguish between Yom Tov and…

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Beitzah 29

Today is Isru Chag (in Israel) which is when we reflect on the Yamim Tovim that we have experienced throughout…

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Beitzah 28

Having been taught in today’s daf (Beitzah 28a) that the only difference between the Shabbat and Yom Tov laws is…

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Beitzah 27

Quite often, while explaining a particular halachic ruling, the Gemara will make a statement which is rich with theological meaning…

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Beitzah 26

Today’s daf (Beitzah 26b) records a question posed by [the Amora] Hillel to Rava concerning יש מוקצה לחצי שבת –…

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Beitzah 25

Having just read the Kriat HaTorah this morning of VeZot HaBracha, it was lovely to see one of the beautiful…

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Beitzah 24

Much of today’s daf (Beitzah 24a) explores the prohibited melacha of ציד (trapping) on Shabbat and Yom Tov, during which…

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Beitzah 23

Early on in today’s daf (Beitzah 23a) we are taught that ‘inverting a fragrant cup on silk garments on Yom…

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Beitzah 22

We were previously taught in the Mishna (Beitzah 2:6, 21b) that on three matters Rabban Gamliel ruled strictly in accordance…

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Beitzah 21

In today’s daf (Beitzah 21a) we read that Rav Avya the Elder asked Rav Huna a technical and theoretical question…

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Beitzah 20

 Today’s daf (Beitzah 20a) recounts a dramatic story where the elderly sage and disciple of Shammai, Baba ben Buta, prevented…

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Beitzah 19

Early on in today’s daf (Beitzah 19a), we are introduced to a fascinating Talmudic principle of מחשבתו נכרת מתוך מעשיו…

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Beitzah 18

In today’s daf (Beitzah 18a-b), reference is made to the mitzvah of immersing in a mikvah where the Gemara raises…

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Beitzah 17

I remember the first time I learnt today’s daf (Beitzah 17a) because through the journey I went on then, I…

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Beitzah 16

It is just over an hour after Yom Kippur has finished. I’ve had something to eat with the family, and…

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Beitzah 15

It is Erev Yom Kippur, and I am looking at today’s daf (Beitzah 15b) which informs us that what we…

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Beitzah 14

In seeking to explain the distinction drawn by Beit Hillel in the Mishna (Beitzah 1:7) in today’s daf (Beitzah 14a)…

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Beitzah 13

We learn in today’s daf (Beitzah 13a) that the obligation to take terumah only begins once grain, fruit and vegetables…

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Beitzah 12

In today’s daf (Beitzah 12b), reference is made to terumah – which may not be separated on Yom Tov, and…

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Beitzah 11

The Mishna (Beitzah 1:5) in today’s daf (Beitzah 11a) notes how Beit Hillel permitted placing an animal hide on Yom…

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Beitzah 10

  Today’s daf (Beitzah 10a) explores the Talmudic principle of ברירה (‘Bereira’ – meaning ‘clarification’) which concerns an ambiguous situation…

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Beitzah 9

 Today’s daf (Beitzah 9a) addresses the prohibition of מראית העין (‘mar’it ayin’) which forbids us from performing permitted acts within…

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Beitzah 7-8

Among the laws discussed in the two dapim we studied over Rosh Hashanah (Beitzah 7-8) is the mitzvah of כיסוי…

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Beitzah 6

Towards the end of today’s daf (Beitzah 6b) we encounter the halachic position of Rabbi Eliezer ben Yaakov that, even…

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Beitzah 5

Today’s daf (Beitzah 5a) invokes the halachic principle that כל דבר שבמניין צריך מניין אחר להתירו – ‘any formal halachic…

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Beitzah 4

A story is told in today’s daf (Beitzah 4a-b) where Rav Pappa was asked a she’elah (halachic query) about the…

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Beitzah 3

Having previously introduced the concept of נולד – whereby an item or substance that either evolved into existence on Shabbat…

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Beitzah 2

Almost all of the first daf of Massechet Beitzah (2) deals with the law of נולד (literally ‘that which is…

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Sukkah 56

Mazal Tov! Today we have reached the final daf of Massechet Sukkah (Sukkah 56), yet like many final dapim, there…

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Sukkah 55

We are taught in the Mishna (Sukkah 5:6) in today’s daf (Sukkah 55b) that a total of seventy bulls were…

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Sukkah 54

Having been taught that different songs were sung in the Beit HaMikdash on different holy days, today’s daf (Sukkah 54b)…

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Sukkah 53

 Having been taught in the Mishna (Sukkah 5:4, 51a) that ‘חסידים (pious people) and אנשי מעשה (people of deeds) would…

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Sukkah 52

 In today’s daf (Sukkah 52b) we encounter a fascinating teaching from the school of Rabbi Yishmael relating to how we…

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Sukkah 51

On first glance, much of today’s daf (Sukkah 51b) focusses on the external beauty and splendour of the most exquisite…

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Sukkah 50

 The Mishna (Sukkah 5:1) and subsequent Gemara in today’s daf (Sukkah 50b) discuss the musical accompaniment of the Simchat Beit…

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Sukkah 49

 Today’s daf (Sukkah 49b) is very special as some of the most exquisite teachings about Chessed are found in today’s…

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Sukkah 48

While numerous words are used in Tanach and our Tefillot to describe the feelings of joy and happiness, much ink…

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Sukkah 47

 In the midst of a detailed halachic discussion in today’s daf (Sukkah 47a) concerning the possible necessity of reciting the…

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Sukkah 46

 Today’s daf (Sukkah 46a) addresses my favourite bracha – Birkat Shehecheyanu – and it is here where we are taught…

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Sukkah 45

 Following the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash, Chazal needed to find ways to encourage Am Yisrael to see grandeur within…

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Sukkah 44

 Yesterday I received a message about a very dear friend who was recently in hospital for a relatively simple procedure…

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Sukkah 43

For those unfamiliar with the way in which Sukkot was celebrated in the Beit HaMikdash, today’s daf (Sukkah 43b) –…

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Sukkah 42

 “A child who knows how to wave the lulav is obligated in lulav”. These words, found in the Mishna (Sukkah…

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Sukkah 41

 We have previously noted that the hadassim (myrtle) and aravot (willows) are bundled with the lulav such that the lulav…

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Sukkah 40

 A principle taught in today’s daf (Sukkah 40) and derived from Vayikra 25:6 is that Shemitta sanctity only applies to…

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Sukkah 39

 A major debate relating to the intersection of Shemitta (the Sabbatical year) and Sukkot is recorded in today’s (Sukkah 39b)…

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Sukkah 38

 Towards the end of today’s daf (Sukkah 38b), a verse from Sefer Melachim describing an important historical event that occurred…

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Sukkah 37

 In the Mishna (Sukkah 3:9) towards the end of today’s daf (Sukkah 37b), we are informed of the different sections…

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Sukkah 36

 The Mishna (Sukkah 3:8) towards the end of today’s daf (Sukkah 36b) records a debate between Rabbi Yehuda and Rabbi…

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Sukkah 35

 Today’s daf (Sukkah 35a) provides us with a gorgeous insight about what has unfortunately become a rare yet true pleasure…

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Sukkah 34

When listing the Arba Minim (Four Species), the Torah (see Vayikra 23:40) first mentions the Etrog (פְּרִי עֵץ הָדָר), then…

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Sukkah 33

Towards the end of today’s daf (Sukkah 33b), attention is given to the term עַרְבֵי נָחַל which is used by…

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Sukkah 32

 Today’s daf (Sukkah 32a) records a fascinating discussion between Ravina and Rav Ashi relating to the identity of the Lulav.…

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Sukkah 31

 We were previously taught that a dry lulav is invalid because it is not הדר – ‘beautiful’ (see Sukkah 30a).…

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Sukkah 30

As I have previously explained, I believe that Jewish ethics are found and expressed within Jewish law (and where we…

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Sukkah 29

Today’s daf (Sukkah 29a) quotes a ruling that ‘if someone was sleeping in a sukkah and it began to rain,…

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Sukkah 28

 The Mishna (Sukkah 2:8) in today’s daf (Sukkah 28a) rules that ‘a קטן (minor) who does not need his mother…

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Sukkah 27

Today’s daf (Sukkah 27b) informs us that there is a duty להקביל פני רבו ברגל – literally, ‘to greet the…

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Sukkah 26

 Having previously been taught that ‘the sick and their attendants are exempt from the mitzvah of sukkah’ (see Mishna Sukkah…

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Sukkah 25

 Today’s daf (Sukkah 25b) informs us that a bridegroom is exempt from the mitzvah of sukkah either, as Rava explains,…

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Sukkah 24

We were previously taught in a Beraita (see Sukkah 23a) about using an animal as a wall for the sukkah,…

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Sukkah 23

Today’s daf (Sukkah 23) discusses the unusual scenario of building a sukkah ‘on the back of an animal’ which Rabbi…

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Sukkah 22

Today’s daf (Sukkah 22) opens with a Mishna (Sukkah 2:2) stating that ‘a sukkah whose shade exceeds its sunlight is…

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Sukkah 21

Towards the end of today’s daf (Sukkah 21b) we are taught a lesson from Rav that שיחת תלמידי חכמים צריכה…

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Sukkah 20

 A curious teaching of Resh Lakish is quoted in today’s daf (Sukkah 20a) where we are told that, ‘initially, when…

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Sukkah 18

Today’s daf (Sukkah 18a) contains two teachings of Rabbi Yehuda bar Ilai which seem totally unrelated – other than the…

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Sukkah 17

Today’s daf (Sukkah 17a) continues to discuss the laws of constructing a sukkah and how our Sages imagined relatively small…

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Sukkah 16

Every family and every community have their stories about ‘the time when…[an unusual halachic situation arose and a creative halachic…

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Sukkah 15

 The Mishna (Sukkah 1:7) in today’s daf (Sukkah 15a) presents a variety of opinions about what must be done to…

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Sukkah 14

In today’s daf (Sukkah 14b) we are told by Rabbi Yehuda how, while living in a period and place of…

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Sukkah 13

Today’s daf (Sukkah 13b) quotes a beraita to teach us that, ‘fig branches with figs on them, vines with grapes…

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Sukkah 12

As you will have likely noticed from my daily daf posts, I believe that spiritual messages are often embedded in…

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Sukkah 10-11

While learning yesterday (Sukkah 10) and today’s daf (Sukkah 11) over Shabbat (given that today was Tisha B’Av), I was…

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Sukkah 9

The Mishna in today’s daf (Sukkah 9a) presents a disagreement regarding the halachic validity of a ‘sukkah yeshana’ (literally, ‘an…

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Sukkah 8

If you like Mathematics you will likely enjoy the end of yesterday (Sukkah 7b) and much of today’s daf (Sukkah…

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Sukkah 7

We were previously taught in the first Mishna of Massechet Sukkot that a sukkah שחמתה מרובה מצלתה – “in which…

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Sukkah 6

In addition to considerable discussion about the authority of the Oral Torah, today’s daf (Sukkah 6b) teaches that while a…

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Sukkah 5

While continuing its discussion about the minimum height of a Sukkah, today’s daf (Sukkah 5b) explains that the measure of…

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Sukkah 4

Today’s daf (Sukkah 4a) continues its discussion about the permitted height of the Sukkah which, as Mishna Sukkah 1:1 previously…

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Sukkah 3

 In his preface to his ‘Shemoneh Perakim’, the Rambam urges us to ‘accept the truth [regardless of] which person said…

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Sukkah 2

 The first Mishna of Massechet Sukkah begins by teaching us that ‘a sukkah whose s’chach is above twenty amot (approx.…

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Shekalim 22

 As our study of Massechet Shekalim draws to a close, the final lines of Shekalim (22b) refer to the fact…

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Shekalim 21

In explaining the position of Rabbi Yosi in the Mishna (Shekalim 8:1), today’s daf (Shekalim 21b) quotes a Beraita describing…

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Shekalim 20

Today’s daf (Shekalim 20a) records a curious exchange between Rabbi Mana and Rabbi Yosi about the mitzvah of Hashavat Aveida…

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Shekalim 19

Today we begin Chapter Seven of Massechet Shekalim (Shekalim 19a) whose opening Mishna (Shekalim 7:1) addresses the question of how…

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Shekalim 18

In today’s daf (Shekalim 18b), and basing itself on the seemingly superfluous word קרבן in the verse ‘if a person…

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Shekalim 17

 Today’s daf (Shekalim 17a) begins with a Mishna (Shekalim 6:3) and it specifies the location by each of the gates…

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Shekalim 16

 Much of today’s daf (Shekalim 16) explores the dimensions and manufacture of the Aron (Ark), and it is here where…

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Shekalim 15

While the Gemara’s method of communicating various teachings and rulings often involves lengthy dialogues and discussions, as well as detailed…

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Shekalim 14

 We were previously taught (see Mishna Shekalim 5:1) that the House of Garmu were responsible for the production of the…

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Shekalim 13

 The Mishna (Shekalim 5:1) in today’s daf (Shekalim 13a) tells us about Petachiah – better known to use as Mordechai…

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Shekalim 12

The Mishna (Shekalim 4:6) found in today’s daf (Shekalim 12a) informs us of a dispute between Rabbi Akiva and Ben…

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Shekalim 11

 Having made reference in the previous Mishna (Shekalim 4:2) to the special ramp that was built for the transportation of…

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Shekalim 10

 The Mishna (Shekalim 4:2) found in today’s daf (Shekalim 10b) begins by listing three items that were purchased מתרומת הלשכה…

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Shekalim 9

Having informed us of the importance of being “נקיים (literally ‘clean’, but generally understood to be ‘free from sin and…

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Shekalim 8

We are taught in the Mishna (Shekalim 3:2) found in today’s daf (Shekalim 8a) that someone who withdraws money from…

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Shekalim 6-7

A central theme in both yesterday’s (Shekaim 6) & today’s daf (Shekalim 7) is the status of מותר – (surplus)…

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Shekalim 5

The Mishna (Shekalim 2:1) found in today’s daf (Shekalim 5a) informs us that just as there were half-shekel donation boxes…

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Shekalim 4

Today’s daf (Shekalim 4) informs us that donations for the upkeep of the Beit HaMikdash (Temple) should not be sought…

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Shekalim 3

The Mishna (Shekalim 1:1) quoted in today’s daf (Shekalim 3a) informs us that the Beit Din in each city were…

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Shekalim 2

 As part of its discussion about the contribution of the half-shekel for the maintenance of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and later…

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Pesachim 121

Today’s daf (Pesachim 121b) – the final page of Massechet Pesachim – concludes with a discussion about Pidyon HaBen (the…

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Pesachim 120

Today’s daf (Pesachim 120b) records a disagreement between Rabbi Elazar Ben Azariah and Rabbi Akiva concerning the time up to…

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Pesachim 119

 Shavua Tov! Towards the end of today’s daf (Pesachim 119b) the Gemara quotes and discusses the Mishna (Pesachim 10:8) which…

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Pesachim 118

 Among the excerpts from Tehillim which form the Hallel is chapter 116 which begins with the words אהבתי כי ישמע…

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Pesachim 117

 We often think of Hallel as merely being a collection of joyous songs of praise. However, today’s daf (Pesachim 117a)…

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Pesachim 116

 The Mishna (Pesachim 10:5) found in today’s daf (Pesachim 116b) contains the remarkable teaching – which was to then become…

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Pesachim 115

 Towards the end of today’s daf (Pesachim 115b) we are informed that early on in the Pesach seder, the table…

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Pesachim 114

 As part of the Gemara’s explanation (Pesachim 114a) for the position of Beit Hillel (see Mishna Pesachim 10:2) that text…

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Pesachim 113

 Whenever we read a written record of spoken words, it should be clear to us that a dimension of those…

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Pesachim 112

Today’s daf (Pesachim 112a) contains a stunning expression that exquisitely captures the passion and emotions of a teacher. To give…

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Pesachim 111

There are many Jewish practices which evolve from considerations expressed in Jewish texts, and in general, the more those texts…

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Pesachim 110

 In order to make sense of today’s daf (Pesachim 110), we must begin by taking a moment to reflect on…

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Pesachim 109

Today’s daf (Pesachim 109a) informs us that ‘a person is obligated to bring joy to his children and to the…

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Pesachim 108

 Today’s daf (Pesachim 108b) cites a Beraita which informs us that the wine used at the Seder ‘must have the…

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Pesachim 107

 Have you ever had the experience of really wanting to consume a certain food or drink, but afterwards coming to…

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Pesachim 106

 Today’s daf (Pesachim 106a) records how those who did not hear Havdalah on Motzei Shabbat may do so up until…

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Pesachim 105

 Towards the end of today’s daf (Pesachim 105b) we are told that there is a difference between bringing in Shabbat…

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Pesachim 104

 Today’s daf (Pesachim 104b) tells a story that contains many layers and many messages:We are told how the great Ulla…

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Pesachim 103

 Almost all of today’s daf is concerned with one question – namely, the order of the Havdalah.For example, Pesachim 103a…

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Pesachim 102

 In today’s daf (Pesachim 102b), while discussing a situation where a meal has been held just prior to the onset…

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Pesachim 101

 Today’s daf (Pesachim 101b) focuses its attention on the association between eating, reciting brachot before and after eating, and the…

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Pesachim 100

 Pesachim 100a relates a dispute between Rabbi Yehuda and Rabbi Yossi. According to Rabbi Yehuda, if someone has started a…

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Pesachim 99

 The opening Mishna of Chapter ‘Arvei Pesachim’ (Pesachim 10:1) which is found in today’s daf (Pesachim 99b) informs us that…

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Pesachim 98

 The Mishna (Pesachim 9:9) found in today’s daf (Pesachim 98b) describes a situation where a group of people who intend…

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Pesachim 97

Today’s daf (Pesachim 97a) addresses the laws pertaining to a lost Korban (sacrifice), and it is here where we are…

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Pesachim 96

 “What is the difference between the Pesach celebrated in Egypt (פסח מצרים), and the Pesach celebrated in subsequent generations (פסח…

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Pesachim 95

 The Mishna (Pesachim 9:3), at the beginning of today’s daf (Pesachim 95), informs us about two rules regarding the recitation…

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Pesachim 94

 You’ve probably heard the idea that if something non-kosher is mixed with a kosher dish that is hot, then if…

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Pesachim 93

 We are taught in a Beraita in today’s daf (Pesachim 93a) that someone who converted to Judaism between Pesach and…

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Pesachim 92

The Torah informs us that “if any person is ritually impure from contact with the dead” אוֹ בְדֶרֶךְ רְחֹקָה –…

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Pesachim 91

 Today’s daf (Pesachim 91) begins and ends with Mishnayot (Pesachim 8:6, 8) which each start by referring to an אונן…

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Pesachim 90

 When Bnei Yisrael were first commanded in Egypt about the Korban Pesach, they were told that it should be slaughtered…

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Pesachim 89

 Although it may sound oxymoronic, I generally avoid generalisations – especially when contrasting women and men. Moreover, while – on…

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Pesachim 88

 Today’s daf (Pesachim 88a) references how each of the three patriarchs referred to Mount Moriah – which was to become…

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Pesachim 87

 As many of you know, aside from being blessed to learn directly from Rabbi Sacks zt’l on a number of…

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Pesachim 86

 The offering and the consumption of the Korban Pesach while Bnei Yisrael was in Egypt was a bold theological statement…

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Pesachim 85

In response to the Mishna’s discussion found in today’s daf (Pesachim 85b) about the boundaries of Jerusalem within which the…

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Pesachim 84

Today’s daf (Pesachim 84a) records an apparent disagreement between Rabbi Yochanan and Reish Lakish highlighting their different approaches to the…

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Pesachim 83

 The most significant thesis of the author of the Sefer HaChinuch, which he repeatedly promotes in that magnificent work, is…

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Pesachim 82

 We were taught in the previous Mishna (Pesachim 7:8) that if part, or all, of a Korban Pesach became טמא…

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Pesachim 81

 As previously explained in yesterday’s daf, טומאת התהום (literally “the impurity of the deep”) refers to a situation where, notwithstanding…

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Pesachim 80

 The Mishna (Pesachim 7:7) in today’s daf (Pesachim 80b) discusses various cases where a Korban Pesach was offered in the…

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Pesachim 79

 We have previously discussed the law of פסח שני which states that individuals who are טמא (impure from contact with…

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