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Psychology, Torah and the Daf Yomi
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Mar 23, 2023, 7:44 AM
Spiritual Dashboard Nazir 58 Psychology of the Daf Yomi
Our Gemara on Amud Aleph refers to the classic Talmudic principle of עשה דוחה לא תעשה, that is, a positive command in the Torah is taken to override a negative prohibition. The Shalah (Aseres Hadibros, Yoma, Derech Chaim 62)...
Mar 22, 2023, 11:31 AM
Cite Sources as a Matter of Corpse Nazir 56 and Nazir 57 Positive Self-Talk
Our Gemara on Amud Beis discusses the obligation to cite sources when quoting a teaching. But there is a chain of at least three scholars, such as, “rabbi so and so, in the name of rabbi so and so,...
Mar 21, 2023, 8:31 AM
Yosef’s Rebuke Nazir 55 Psychology of the Daf Yomi
Our Gemara on Amud Aleph discusses the situation of a mobile shelter, and if it has the same status as a stationary one, in that it protects one who is inside it from impurity on the outside such as...
Mar 20, 2023, 7:38 AM
A Poor Conductor Nazir 53 and Nazir 54 Nature Abhors a Vacuum
Nazir 53 There is an morbid vaudeville joke about the hapless shlemazel train engineer who was fired from his job. Feeling depressed, he puts his foot to the third rail, hoping to electrocute himself. Somehow, since this poor guy cannot...
Mar 19, 2023, 6:39 AM
The Arrogant Self Versus the Pure Self Nazir 52 Psychology of the Daf Yomi
Our Gemara on Amud Beis discusses the quantity of blood from a corpse that is sufficient to impart impurity as if a full corpse was present. This amount is known as a “revi’is”, which is a quarter log, approximately...
Mar 16, 2023, 8:46 PM
Be Physical in Order to Be Spiritual Nazir 51 Psychology of the Daf Yomi
Our Gemara on Amud Aleph continues the discussion of various states of decomposed flesh, and when it still is within the threshold of a corpse, to the extent that it can render a Nazir impure. Such corpse dust must...
Mar 15, 2023, 8:40 PM
Balance is Fluid Nazir 49 Psychology of the Daf Yomi
Our Gemara on Amud Beis records a discussion where Rabbi Yehuda (the Tanna) became angry that they allowed the students of Rabbi Meir into the Shiur. His objection was based on the fact that they were “kanteranim”, which we...
Mar 14, 2023, 3:03 PM
Reality, What a Metaphor! Nazir 50 Psychology of the Daf Yomi
Our Gemara on Amud Beis discusses a quantity of dust and decay from a corpse that renders a Nazir impure, and requires him to restart his Nazir observance. This Shiur is known as Maleh Tarvaad, the amount that fills...
Mar 13, 2023, 12:13 PM
If You Insult a Person, You Insult God (God forbid!) Nazir 48 Psych of the Daf
Our Gemara on Amud Aleph quotes a verse (Vayikra 24:18) וּמַכֵּ֥ה נֶֽפֶשׁ־בְּהֵמָ֖ה יְשַׁלְּמֶ֑נָּה נֶ֖פֶשׁ תַּ֥חַת נָֽפֶשׁ׃ One who smites the soul of a beast shall make restitution for it: life for life. Rav Yosef Bekhor Shor (ibid 24:17) says a remarkable peshat...
Mar 12, 2023, 5:41 AM
Inexplicable, Mysterious And Wonderous Nazir 46 and Nazir 47 Honoring the Dead
Nazir 46 Our Gemara on Amud Aleph quotes a verse (Devarim 6:20): אַחַר יִשְׁתֶּה הַנָּזִיר יַיִן “And after that the nazirite may drink wine” The rabbis use it to derive a law that the Nazir is still bound to his obligations, until after...
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