Daf Notes

TIME TO MENTION RAIN The Mishna begins by asking when is the time in the year that we begin to mention the Powers of Rain. [This is referring to the “morid hageshem” that we recite in the second brachah of Shemoneh Esrei.] Rabbi Eliezer maintains that we begin on the first day of Sukkos and Rabbi…

TEFILLAH IS REGARDED AS BEING INSIDE THE HOLY OF HOLIES

TEFILLAH IS REGARDED AS BEING INSIDE THE HOLY OF HOLIES   The Gemora explained the reason as to why the kohen gadol cannot wear his gold garments into the Holy of Holies when performing the Yom Kippur service. This is based on the rule en kategor na’aseh sanegor – a prosecuting attorney cannot become a defense attorney. The Gemora…

Daf Notes

SINFUL PEOPLE A braisa is cited regarding the judgments of two different types of sinful people. Those that sin with their body will go down to Gehinom and will be punished there for twelve months. After twelve months, their body is destroyed, their souls get burned and a wind scatters their remains under the feet…

THE TORAH IS PRECIOUS TO THE JEW

The Gemora explains a verse in Tehilim to mean the following: Since the Torah is precious to the Jews as a female dog to gentiles; they will receive the golden jewelry of Ophir. The comparison is astounding and needs to be explained. The Netziv explains that a gentile’s infatuation and attraction to a female dog…

RABBI ABBA’S PRAYER

Rabbi Abba went from Bavel to Eretz Yisroel and prayed that Hashem should help that he will say something that the Chachamim of Eretz Yisroel will accept. It is evident from the discourse of the Gemora that his tefillah was not accepted. The Chasam Sofer explains that his prayer was improper. A person should pray…

A Fiery Torah

The Gemara states that HaShem gave the Jewish People the Torah because they are strong-willed and by studying the Torah, they will become subdued and their hearts will be humbled. The Gemara in Kiddushin states that HaShem said, “I created the Evil Inclination, and I created the Torah as its antidote.” These statements in the…

Deception is the Worst

The Gemara states that we are more concerned about one who employs a ruse than one who violates a rabbinical prohibition intentionally. The reason for this logic is because one who violates a rabbinic ordinance will most likely not cause others to act similar to him, as he is not justified for violating the rabbinic ordinance….

Holy Thoughts

The Gemara states that one can separate both Terumah Gedolah and Terumas Maaser with a thought and one does not need to physically or orally designate the terumah. There are certain mitzvos which require one to contemplate the mitzvah, such as loving HaShem, fearing HaShem and other such mitzvos. There is even a situation where…

Observing Shabbos

The Gemara quotes a verse in Yirmiyah that states and do not carry out a burden from your homes on the Shabbos day The Gemara states that Rabbi Yochanan maintains that Bais Shammai and Bais Hillel disagree as to whether we say that since carrying was permitted for a food-related purpose, it was also permitted when there…

No Ignorance on Yom Tov

Rashi writes that amei haaretz, ignorant people, despite the fact that they are suspected of laxity in observing the laws of taharah, ritual purity, on a Yom Tov they are not suspected of being lax, and if an am haaretz touched food on Yom Tov, it does not become tamei. We find that an am haaretz is believed on Shabbos to say…

True Simchas Yom Tov

The Gemara states that if one does not chose the doves prior to Yom Tov, there will be times that he will come to take doves on Yom Tov and all the doves will be lean, and he will not take any of the doves. This decision will result in one not being able to…

Always being Observed

The Gemara cites a dispute regarding a rabbinic prohibition that was instituted because performing the act may give the impression that one is violating a biblical prohibition. One opinion maintains that such an act is even prohibited in private quarters. One reason offered for this stringency is because a person performing the act in private…