Parashat Mishpatim / פרשת משפטים

There is a strange—little spoken about—law that my mind, particularly over the last few months, keeps re-visiting. The Talmud teaches that when one builds a synagogue or house of study the structure should preferably have windows (BT Berakhot 34b). Indeed, this idea is codified as law in the foundational legal code, the Shulhan Arukh (OH…

Aramaic Literature 3

– The Primary Targums The other most important Targum on the Pentateuch is that of Neofiti. It was discovered only recently (1956). It had remained hidden in the Vatican library, probably for centuries, before it was re-discovered. Lest the reader think that there is some sort of Da Vinci code conspiracy at work here, the…

Torah Logic Essentials

6 Rules for Being Exacting in the Text 4 Rules to Define the Text 5 Reasons for a Commentary The Proper Approach to the Text How to Analyze the Text How to Abstract the Commentary Free Online Course on the Ways of the Talmud

Parashat Noach / פרשת נח

STUDY GUIDE NOACH (CHAPTERS 6:9-11:32) SUMMARY OF THE TORAH PORTION Noah is deemed righteous enough to be spared from the impending destruction of the wicked world; God tells him about the upcoming flood and commands him to build an ark; Noah gathers his family and animals into the ark in accordance with God’s instructions; It…

Cancellation of Debts

The Cancellation of Debts at the Conclusion of Shevi’it This year, 5775, is the Shemitta year, as we have discussed in the beginning of this year. There are therefore certain agricultural laws specific to the Land of Israel which apply during the Shemittayear. Besides for the Mitzvah of not working the land and the sanctity…

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,…

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…