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…

LET’S STUDY ONKELOS

LET’S STUDY ONKELOS      A Guide for Rabbis, Teachers and Torah Students to Study and Teach the Parashat Hashavua through the Eyes of its Most Important Translator By Stanley M. Wagner and Israel Drazin Based on the five volume, Onkelos on the Torah (Genesis-Deuteronomy), Understanding the Bible Text , by Israel Drazin and Stanley M. Wagner, published by Gefen Publishing House,Jerusalem/New York, 2006 – …

ONKELOS on BEHAALOTHECA

NUMBERS 8 (ONKELOS) — 1 And the Lord spake with Mosheh, saying: 2 Speak with Aharon, and say to him: When thou dost kindle the lamps upon the face of the candelabrum, the seven lamps shall be burning (together). 3 And Aharon did so: on the face of the candelabrum he made the lamps burn,…

The Talmud and the Hebrews Connection

Information on Hebrews A text from the Talmud sets the latest possible date for Hebrews. R. Ishmael died c. 135 CE; if these are his words, the composition of Hebrews (to which Ishmael refers) must have taken place before his death. R. Zechariah said, in the name of R. Ishmael, The Holy One – blessed…

Pirkei Avos – Chapter 5, Mishna 18

The Gift of Selective Memory Chapter 5, Mishna 18 “There are four types of students (lit., among those who sit before the Sages) — a sponge, a funnel, a strainer, and a sifter. The sponge absorbs everything. The funnel brings in on this [side] and brings out on the other. The strainer lets out the…

Latest Shiurim

The following Daf Yomi audio shiurim were just uploaded to realcleardaf.com: Shabbos, October 18, 2014: Yevamos 14  image of daf Friday, October 17, 2014: Yevamos 13  image of daf Thursday, October 16, 2014: Yevamos 12  image of daf  

Hoshana Rabbah

The following events occurred on Hoshana Rabbah: Hoshanah Rabbah – the Great Rejoicing. The last and greatest day of the feast. Gateway to Judaism Pg.342 A burnt offering of seven young bulls, two rams and fourteen male lambs a year old, all without defect. Bamidbar (Numbers) 29:32 Ritual of the water libation is performed. day…

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…

Tefillin and Mezuzot

Checking Tefillin and Mezuzot During the Month of Elul The month of Elul is meant as a time of self-introspection for the entire Jewish nation. It is therefore customary to pay attention to which Tefillin and Mezuzot need checking and to have them checked at this time. The Rambam writes: “If one writes Tefillin by…