Then let him annul it in the sixth [hour]?1 — Since the Rabbinical interdict is upon it,2 it is like a Scriptural [interdict] and does not stand in his ownership, hence he cannot annul it. For R. Gidal said in R. Hiyya b. Joseph’s name in Rab’s name: […]

Three Weeks

The Laws of Taking Haircuts During the “Three Weeks” As a result of the mourning observed during the “Three Weeks,” the Ashkenazi custom is to abstain from shaving and taking haircuts beginning from the Seventeenth of Tammuz until the Tenth of Av.   Nevertheless, the Sephardic custom is […]

Daf Notes

Rish Lakish Introduced His lecture on Megillas Esther with the in the following Interpretation: It is Written [Mishlei 28:15]: As a roaring lion, and a ravenous bear; so is a wicked ruler over a poor people . A roaring lion is Referring to Nebuchadnezzar the wicked; a ravenous […]

Torah Reading for Massei Numbers 33:1-36:13

1st Portion Chapter 33 1. These are the journeys of the children of Israel who left the land of Egypt in their legions, under the charge of Moses and Aaron. א. אֵלֶּה מַסְעֵי בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר יָצְאוּ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם לְצִבְאֹתָם בְּיַד משֶׁה וְאַהֲרֹן: These are the journeys: Why were these journeys […]

Ezekiel 37

Dry Bones from alegator21 on GodTube. The passage comes from an Old Testament prophecy, taken from Ezekiel 37. Not only is the text extremely descriptive and visual, lending itself to beautiful imagery, but show that where there is death and exile, hope and life can be found.  

Daf Notes

The Mishna states: There is no difference between the Books of Scripture and tefillin and mezuzos, except that the Books of Scripture may be written in any language, and tefillin and mezuzos are written only in Ashurit (the Hebrew script that is used in our Torah scrolls). Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel says: The Books of Scripture may […]