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Psychology, Torah and the Daf Yomi
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Nov 28, 2023, 10:31 PM
Parental Conflict and Risk Reward Ration Bava Kamma 25-26
25 Is it Ever OK If Parents Argue? Our Gemara has on Amud Aleph discusses the source for the principle of Dayo Laba Min Hadin Liyhos Kanidon. Dayo is a limiting principle on the derivation of a Kal Vachomer. A kal...
Nov 26, 2023, 7:31 AM
God’s Responsibilities and Our Responsibilities Bava Kamma 22-24
22 God is Responsible Our Gemara on Amud Beis discusses the concept of damages caused by fire. There is a principle known as “Isho Mishum Chiytzav”, which means that the fire is not merely treated as a possession that he must...
Nov 22, 2023, 6:45 AM
False Pride and Seeing a Person As They Are Bava Kamma 18-21
18 False Pride and Real Guilt Our Gemara from 17b to 18a discussed how certain actions are viewed, from their inception or from their end point? For example, if an animal stomps upon a vessel, and the vessel does not break,...
Nov 19, 2023, 6:05 AM
Inspiration, L’shon Hora, Arrogance and Decency Bava Kamma 14-17
14 The Tzaddik Who Inspires Our Gemara on Amud Beis quotes a verse that serves as the source that payment for damages can come from assessing the value of any movable object that has worth. תָּנָא: ״שָׁוֶה כֶּסֶף״ – מְלַמֵּד שֶׁאֵין בֵּית...
Nov 14, 2023, 11:09 PM
Niddah: Taboo, Stigma or Ritual? Compulsions and Ego Bava Kamma 11-13
11 Niddah: Is it Taboo, Stigma and Impurity? Tosafos on Amud Aleph (“D-Eyn”) makes a distinction between what induces the halakhic state of impurity of Niddah, such as for purposes of maintaining ritual purity in the Temple era for sacrificial meats...
Nov 12, 2023, 5:08 AM
Reward and Repentance Bava Kama 8-10
8 One’s Portion in the World to Come is REAL Estate Our Gemara on Amud Aleph states: רָבִינָא אָמַר בִּדְעוּלָּא פְּלִיגִי דְּאָמַר עוּלָּא דְּבַר תּוֹרָה בַּעַל חוֹב בְּזִיבּוּרִית שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר בַּחוּץ תַּעֲמוֹד וְהָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה נֹשֶׁה בוֹ יוֹצִא אֵלֶיךָ אֶת הַעֲבוֹט הַחוּצָה מָה...
Nov 7, 2023, 7:36 PM
Behavior, Intention and Moral Choices Bava Kama 4-7
4 An Ox-y-Moron In our Gemara on Amud Aleph, an intriguing expression is employed to delineate the liabilities incurred by an ox that gores, as opposed to one that tramples or eats, and causes damage. The distinction lies in the fact...
Nov 5, 2023, 7:46 AM
Attitudes and Cognitions, and plowing through the Talmud Bava Kama 2-3
2 The Attitudes, Behaviors and Cognitions that Lead to Sin Our Gemara begins by describing four principal kinds of damages: מַתְנִי' אַרְבָּעָה אֲבוֹת נְזִיקִין הַשּׁוֹר וְהַבּוֹר וְהַמַּבְעֶה וְהַהֶבְעֵר MISHNA: There are four primary categories of damage: The category of Ox; and the category...
Oct 31, 2023, 7:55 PM
The Power of Repair and the Benefits of Marriage Kiddushin 78-82
78 The Power of Repair Our Gemara on Amud Beis references the principle that only kings from the Davidic lineage were granted the privilege of sitting in the courtyard of the Temple. Most rishonim hold that this is a Torah law...
Oct 29, 2023, 12:57 PM
Attachment to Old Follies Kiddushin 74-77
74 Taking in the Flow Our Gemara on amud aleph discusses a legal process that seems odd and unfair. In certain situations, where there is strong compelling evidence on both sides and no hope to further clarify, the judges may arbitrarily...
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