How to Tell When You Are Not in Danger

September 12, 2012, by

The Gemara on daf 32b relates a story which many find difficult. The story is in relationship to the discussion about where it is and where it is not permissible to interrupt one’s prayers. This is the outline of the story: There was once a pious man who was praying while traveling along a path […]

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Reflections on the Daf

September 6, 2012, by

There is a term that we all use so frequently that we do not bother to define it. Yet, precisely because we use it so often, it is important that we at least try to understand exactly what it means. The term is talmid chacham. It is an especially important term for those of us […]

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Discovering Your Real Self

September 5, 2012, by

On Daf 17a, we encounter the following passage, quoted in the name of Rabbi Yochanan, who made this statement when he concluded his study of the book of Job: “Ashrei…, fortunate is he…who grew up with a good name and who took leave of the world with a good name…” We must understand why a […]

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Reflections on the Daf

September 5, 2012, by

We recently studied the following passage (Brachos12b): “And Rabba bar Hinnana Sava said in the name of Rav: Anyone who can ask (kol she’efshar) for mercy on the behalf of another and does not ask is called a sinner…” I have studied this passage many times over the years, but this year, for the first […]

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Reflections on the Daf

September 5, 2012, by

Last week, I shared with you my motivation for writing these weekly reflections. I emphasized that our Torah study must result in making us better people, both in our relationship with the Almighty and in our relationships with other people. Therefore, I have decided to entitle these essays “Toras Chesed: Reflections on the Daf.” I […]

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Reflections on the Daf

August 28, 2012, by

There are two motives that I have for deciding to write a weekly column of reflections on Daf Yomi. They are both based on stories; one, a legendary one, and the other, a treasured recollection that my grandfather a”h shared with me many years ago. The legendary story is attributed to various chassidishe rebbeim (Hasidic rabbis). […]

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