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Psychology, Torah and the Daf Yomi
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Jun 1, 2023, 9:01 PM
Authentic Freedom Gittin 13 Intuitive Truth Vs. Logical Truth Gittin 14
Authentic Freedom Gittin 13 Authentic freedom is a complex concept that has been debated by philosophers and theologians for centuries. Authentic freedom includes the ability to make one's own choices, the absence of coercion or oppression, and the pursuit of...
May 31, 2023, 7:12 PM
Do We Have the Right to Argue with God? Gittin 12 Psychology of the Daf
Our Gemara on Amud Aleph discusses practical and legal dimensions of slave ownership, responsibilities of slave to master and master to slave. However, there are also ways to read them as derash, hinting at our experiences as slaves in...
May 30, 2023, 6:50 PM
Baal Teshuva Syndrome Gittin 10 and A Vered by Any Other Name Gittin 11
Baal Teshuva Syndrome Gittin 10 Our Gemara on Amud Aleph discusses the status of Matzah baked by Cuthite. According to this Gemara, though this nationality converted to Judaism under duress, the conversion was still valid, and they had the status...
May 29, 2023, 12:26 PM
Silent Rebuke Gittin 9 Psychology of the Daf
Our Gemara on Amud Aleph reports that Rabbi Yosei would use the following verse in Mishley (24:26) to praise cogent Torah arguments: שְׂפָתַ֥יִם יִשָּׁ֑ק מֵ֝שִׁ֗יב דְּבָרִ֥ים נְכֹחִֽים׃ Giving straightforward reply Is like giving a kiss. How is a lucid torah argument compared...
May 28, 2023, 8:26 AM
Another Way to Make Aliyah Gittin 8 Psychology of the Daf
Our Gemara on Amud Beis discusses a fascinating legal enactment in order to promote settlement of the land of Israel. Even though ordinarily, one may not instruct a gentile to perform labor on Shabbos, if there’s an opportunity to...
May 25, 2023, 12:22 AM
Being Amongst the People Gittin 7 Psychology of the Daf
Our Gemara on 6b and 7a tells us about how to give instruction and guidance during the hectic time preceding the arrival of Shabbos: אָמַר רַבָּה בַּר בַּר חָנָה: הָא דְּאָמְרִי רַבָּנַן: שְׁלֹשָׁה דְּבָרִים צָרִיךְ אָדָם לוֹמַר בְּתוֹךְ בֵּיתוֹ עֶרֶב...
May 23, 2023, 9:10 PM
Too Much of a Good Thing? Gittin 6 Psychology of the Daf
Our Gemara on Amud Aleph discusses the opinion of Shmuel that Babylonia is considered outside of Israel and a Get needs the messenger to attest to the signatures. Shmuel holds that though due to the constant traffic to and...
May 22, 2023, 1:06 PM
Season’s Greetings Gittin 4 and Gittin 5 The Details Count Psychology of the Daf
Season’s Greetings Gittin 4 Psychology of the Daf Yomi Our Gemara on Amud Beis strongly implies that there is no mitzvah of Aliyyah Leregel (Yom Tov Pilgrimage) in our times where there is no Bais HaMikdash: תִּינַח בִּזְמַן שֶׁבֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ קַיָּים...
May 21, 2023, 6:30 AM
The Quest for Satisfaction Gittin 2 and Spiritual Credit Score Gittin 3
The Quest for Satisfaction Gittin 2 Our Gemara on Amud Beis laments the state of the world prior to arrival of the Mashiach, including the inability to to accept rebuke: בְּעִקְבוֹת מְשִׁיחָא חוּצְפָּא יִסְגֵּא וְיוֹקֶר יַאֲמִיר הַגֶּפֶן תִּתֵּן פִּרְיָהּ וְהַיַּיִן בְּיוֹקֶר...
May 18, 2023, 11:58 PM
Factors That Create Receptivity Toward Criticism Sotah 49 Psychology of the Daf
Our Gemara on Amud Beis laments the state of the world prior to arrival of the Mashiach, including the inability to to accept rebuke: בְּעִקְבוֹת מְשִׁיחָא חוּצְפָּא יִסְגֵּא וְיוֹקֶר יַאֲמִיר הַגֶּפֶן תִּתֵּן פִּרְיָהּ וְהַיַּיִן בְּיוֹקֶר וּמַלְכוּת תּהָפֵךְ לְמִינוּת וְאֵין תּוֹכַחַת...
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