Maharal – Chapter 3: Mishna 6: Part 1

Chapter 3: Mishna 6: Part 1 Rabbi Nechunia ben HaKannah says: Anyone who subjects himself to (imposes upon himself)the burden of Torah has the burden of the government (bureaucracy) and the burden of livelihood removed from him. And anyone who releases himself from the burden of Torah has the burdens of government and of livelihood imposed upon him. This lesson also communicates (as did the … Continue reading Maharal – Chapter 3: Mishna 6: Part 1

Daf for Shabbos – Chagigah 12

Daf Notes is currently being dedicated to the neshamah of Tzvi Gershon Ben Yoel (Harvey Felsen) o”h May the studying of the Daf Notes be a zechus for his neshamah and may his soul find peace in Gan Eden and be bound up in the Bond of life. Size of Adam   The Gemora asks: Why does the verse need to say “from the day … Continue reading Daf for Shabbos – Chagigah 12

Pirkei Avos – Chapter 5, Mishna 8(b)

Pirkei Avos What’s Special About Sabbath? Part II Chapter 5, Mishna 8(b) By Rabbi Dovid Rosenfeld “Ten things were created on the Sabbath eve at twilight. They are: the mouth of the earth [which swallowed Korach and his co-conspirators] (Numbers 16:32), the mouth of the well [which accompanied Israel in the desert], the mouth of the donkey [which rebuked Balaam] (ibid., 22:28), the rainbow, the … Continue reading Pirkei Avos – Chapter 5, Mishna 8(b)

The Custom of “Tashlich”

Following Mincha services of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to go to a seashore, river, well, or pit in order to recite the order of “Tashlich.” If there is no river, lake, or pond in close proximity of one’s vicinity, it is likewise perfectly acceptable to recite the order of Tashlich upon a bucket of water or a running hose or … Continue reading The Custom of “Tashlich”

Shulchan Aruch

Chapter 28 – Moving Things From One Domain to Another on the Sabbath A region at least four by four handsbreadths in horizontal size and at least ten handsbreadths high (see 345:18) that is surrounded by partitions or adjacent regions having a combined height difference (from it) of at least ten handsbreadths (see 345:16;362:2;363:36) is called a private domain (345:2). Even a portable object can … Continue reading Shulchan Aruch

Navigating The Talmud

    TALMUD MAP 1 = Mishna is the first major transcription of the oral law. Foreseeing the advent of the dispersion of the Jewish people throughout the world, Rabbi Judah the Prince composed the Mishna around the year 200. 2 = Gemara is a written record of analytical discussions of the Mishna, along with philosophy, ethics, and practical advice, by the rabbinic authorities who lived between 200 and … Continue reading Navigating The Talmud