Who’s Your Teacher

The Sages, seeing that his mind was clear, entered his chamber and sat down at a distance of four cubits. ‘Why have ye come?’ said he to them. ‘To study the Torah’, they replied; ‘And why did ye not come before now’, he asked? They answered, ‘We had no time’. He then said, ‘I will…

HaMoshiach Confirms and Expounds the Law of Moses

Matthew 5:17 HaMoshiach Confirms and Expounds the Law of Moses. Matt. 5, 17-37. Good works Yeshua has just urged. He now proceeds to give a definition of good works from the Law. He makes clear His position with regard to the Law: V.17. Think not that I am come to destroy the Law and the…

Teimani Halakhah

Why Teimani halakhah? To reconstruct the ancient Netzarim halakhah, modern Netzarim were faced with the challenge of restoring the lacuna left by nearly 2,000 years of dormancy. To fill this lacuna, based on the state of the first-century Jewish community described in Dead Sea Scroll 4Q MMT, the Netzarim adopted as the base set the…

kashrut supervision?

Question: Is it halachically permissible to drink brandy, cognac, or champagne produced without kashrut supervision? Answer: In the previous Halacha we have explained the law that our Sages imposed a prohibition on a non-Jew’s wine and usually, the wine is not only forbidden to consume, it is likewise forbidden to benefit from. Regarding the above…

Operating Vending Machines and Websites on Shabbat

Question: May one place an automatic snack or soda machine in a non-Jewish neighborhood on Erev Shabbat even if one is certain that the residents of this neighborhood will put money into the machine in order to purchase an items on Shabbat or is this forbidden? Answer: We have already explained above, that in terms…

Inheritance of father’s tribe

Numbers 36:5-9 Num 36:5 And Moses commanded Mosheh misvahed the children sons of Israel Yisra El according to the word mouth of the LORD Yah Veh , saying, The tribe rod of the sons of Joseph Yoseph hath said worded well . Num 36:6 This is the thing word which the LORD doth command Yah…

Shulchan Aruch

Chapter 18 – WORK DONE BY A NON-JEW ON THE SABBATH A Jew must not ask a non-Jew to do work for him on the Sabbath; see 247:4-5 and 252:2. However, a Jew is allowed to hire a non-Jew to do work or business for him as long as he does not specify that it…

Reciting Keri’at Shema Meticulously

The Mishnah (Berachot 15a) states: “If one recites Keri’at Shema and does not hear the words he is reciting (because one read it so quietly), one fulfills his obligation. If one recited it without being meticulous with its letters, Rabbi Yose says one fulfills his obligation while Rabbi Yehuda says one does not.” The Gemara (ibid. 15b)…

Laws of De’os – Chapter 2, Law 4(b)

Maimonides on Life   Laws of De’os – Chapter 2, Law 4(b) Silence and the Road to Self-Discovery “A person should always accustom himself to keeping silent (lit., ‘should increase his silence’). He should speak only of matters of wisdom or matters pertaining to his living needs. It was said regarding [the Talmudic scholar] Rav,…

Proper Intention 2

Proper Intention While Reciting “Baruch Shem Kevod Malchuto Le’Olam Va’ed” In the previous Halachot we have discussed that one must have the proper intention while reciting the first verse of Keri’at Shema and if one did not do so, one has not fulfilled his obligation. In the previous Halacha we have written that after reciting the first verse of Keri’at…

Midrash halakha

Midrash halakha are the works in which the sources in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) of the traditionally received laws are identified. These Midrashim often predate the Mishnah. The Midrash linking a verse to a halakha will often function as a proof of a law’s authenticity; a correct elucidation of the Torah carries with it the support of thehalakhah, and often the…

Rabbinic literature

Rabbinic literature Talmudic literature Mishnah • Tosefta Gemara Jerusalem Talmud • Babylonian TalmudMinor tractates Halakhic Midrash Mekhilta de-Rabbi Yishmael on Exodus Mekhilta de-Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai on Exodus Sifra on Leviticus Sifre on Numbers & Deuteronomy Sifre Zutta on Numbers Mekhilta on DeuteronomyBaraita of Rabbi Ishmael Aggadic Midrash —— Tannaitic —— Seder Olam Rabbah Alphabet of Akiba ben Joseph…