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Masechet Menachot 107a-110a

June 23, 2011, by

The Coming Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz This essay is based upon the insights and chidushim (original ideas) of Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, as published in the Hebrew version of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud. Menahot 107a-b – Pledging to bring a sacrifice – I How do we interpret the intention

Introduction to Masechet Chullin

June 23, 2011, by

The Coming Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz This essay is based upon the insights and chidushim (original ideas) of Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, as published in the Hebrew version of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud. Introduction – Masechet Hullin Masechet Hullin is part of Seder Kodashim, the Mishanic order whose focus

Masechet Bava Metzia 13a-19b

May 7, 2009, by

The Coming Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz This essay is based upon the insights and chidushim (original ideas) of Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, as published in the Hebrew version of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud. Bava Metzia 13a-b Beginning with the Mishnah on yesterday’s daf (12b), the focus in our perek

A Letter Is Worth…

March 12, 2009, by

Purim music streaming from the truck, they drove from base to base delivering Mishloach Manot. As they pulled out, soldiers poured out of the buildings. There was singing, there was dancing, there were huge smiles all around. Many of the soldiers we visited fought in Gaza, and the mishloach manot were a way to show

Second Thoughts: Candles in the Desert

December 18, 2008, by

Fire. It’s a powerful, primal force. Just the word itself gets your adrenalin going, ready to start coursing through your veins! Unconstrained, it is one of the most destructive forces in the world. Contained, limited, controlled it is one of the most powerful tools given to mankind. Those eight tiny sparks of light we kindle

Vayeitzei – Bathing on Shabbat

December 4, 2008, by

Bathing on Shabbat Going to the Mikveh Bathing in hot water on Shabbat is forbidden, lest people come to heat the bathwater. However, bathing in cold water is permissible (though it is restricted by custom – see MB 326:21). Even so, the Shulchan Arukh specifically tells us that immersing in a mikveh for purification is

Matot – Purging Vessels

July 24, 2008, by

Cooking utensils which have been used for non-kosher food need to be purged before we may use them. This requirement stems from a basic halakhic assumption: the taste of food, which is considered to be like the food itself, is absorbed into the pots and pans in which the food is cooked. This assumption has

“Dipping” Into Shabbat Appetizers

January 30, 2008, by

Now that we’re in the long stretch of winter, without any exciting Yamim Tovim to break up the monotony of daily life, we can take some time to explore new and tasty dishes for ‘just’ Shabbat. I enjoy creating my own “dips”, cold pureed vegetarian ideas that spread well on challah. After my homemade challahs

Parashat Vayishlach 5768

November 21, 2007, by

Parshat Vayishlach 5768 Parshat Vayishlach – “I Buried Her on the Way”  Text Message Responsa  Stories of Rabbeinu – Our Rabbi: Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook – Disparaging Torah Scholars, The Redemption in Torah  Shut She’eilat Shlomo – Questions of Jewish Law: Waiting For the Rabbis, A Place in the World to Come  Character Improvement

Parashat Chayei Sarah: On This Day…Two Eulogies

November 1, 2007, by

Parashat Chayei Sarah 5768 Part One: Two Eulogies Part Two: On this day…. Part One – Two Eulogies The Gemara in Megilla 3a, discusses the important contribution of the illustrious Tana, Yonatan ben Uziel, the most outstanding student of Hillel (Suka 28a), with his Targum (explanatory translation) on Tanach. As an example the Gemara quotes

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