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Jan 24, 2020, 10:42 AM
A Different Type of Question During This Yeshiva Break
Typically, during Yeshiva break, members of my community contact me with the following types of questions: Is this hashgacha acceptable? Can I eat these foods from the hotel continental breakfast? How can I construct an eruv so that I...
Jan 22, 2020, 6:54 PM
Keinehora: Does the Evil Eye affect you? (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 20)
Yosef was incredibly handsome. As he walked down the street each day, all the young ladies in Egypt would talk about him and compete to catch a glimpse of his beauty. But one woman knew that he would be...
Jan 22, 2020, 1:08 AM
Could you have done more for your loved one? (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 19)
The sons of Yaakov are in a state of total despair. They’ve journeyed down to Egypt in search of food during the regional famine. But what should have been a simple business trip and transaction has turned into their...
Jan 21, 2020, 5:00 PM
Daf Yomi is Over, For Me, But You Should Continue
7.5 years. That is how long it takes to complete the Daf Yomi cycle. Almost 3 weeks ago, was one of the numerous Siyum Hashas events around the world, here in Jerusalem, and I was there. It was in English, because...
Jan 21, 2020, 10:43 AM
Women’s Daf Yomi: A Deeper Look, Part 1
My previous article raising concerns about the women's daf yomi movement received a tremendous response. The overwhelming majority of the responses were negative. This proves that many people dislike the views I expressed in the article, but it does...
Jan 21, 2020, 4:41 AM
Be more sensitive (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 18)
Rabbi Chiya and Rabbi Yonasan were passing through a cemetery. Rabbi Yonasan’s tzitzis strings were dragging. Rabbi Chiya said to him, “Pick them up, so the deceased will not say, ‘Tomorrow, they’ll be joining us, and now they’re mocking...
Jan 20, 2020, 3:55 AM
Do you shake hands? (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 17)
Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai is famous for saving Jewish life after the Roman conquest of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple. That’s his imprint on the history of our people. But during his lifetime, he was most famous for an...
Jan 18, 2020, 10:16 PM
Why is the prayer service dull and impersonal? (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 16)
Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, consists of 120 members, in tribute to our latest major ruling body, The Men of the Great Assembly. These rabbis led the people during the Second Temple period and enacted many institutions that have maintained...
Jan 17, 2020, 11:48 AM
Why Is Life so Rotten? (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 15)
After being sold into slavery on account of his brothers’ enmity, Joseph is determined to do his very best to earn his master’s trust and win his freedom. His service is stellar and Potiphar’s household prospers due to Joseph. ...
Jan 17, 2020, 7:51 AM
Stop being so Pious! (Daf Yo.Me Brachos 14)
Rabbi Yehoshua ben Perachia was once traveling with his student. Upon their arrival at the hotel, the rabbi exclaimed, “What a beautiful hotel!” Thinking his teacher was making reference to the innkeeper, the student responded, “I think her eyes are...