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Take It For Him!

A person cannot be forced to receive something against his will, replied Rabbi Dayan. Therefore, the recipient has the 'upper hand' and can choose either to uphold the gift retroactively or to refuse it.

Daf Yomi

A Line Of Demarcation ‘…Until He Came… Between The Two Curtains…’ (Yoma 51b)

A Break In Mourning During Sefirat Ha’Omer

Question: Why do we interrupt sefirah mourning on Lag B’Omer? When a person observes a personal mourning period (for the loss of a loved one), he never takes a “break” no matter what. Why should sefirah be different?

Daf Yomi

A Miraculous Visual Treat ‘They Lifted It Up To Show…’ (Chagiga 26b)

When Yom Kippur Is On Shabbat

As if to emphasize the point, the Torah uses the phrase “be’etzem hayom hazeh” – “on this very day” – both in connection with fasting on Yom Kippur and with brit milah.

Daf Yomi

Delaying A Funeral To Honor A Deceased A Nazir may Defile Himself For A Mes Mitzvah (Nazir 47a)

Mitzvah Shopping

He must be a very important person to get such an important mitzvah, I heard them say, as Mr. Loewenstein, the local assemblyman, stepped up to recite the Torah blessing before the reading of the Ten Commandments. And Mr. Kleppish was too embarrassed to tell his wife that he only got third galilah on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Chanukah.

Daf Yomi

What About Ma’ariv? ‘The Bridegroom Is Exempt From Kerias Shema’ (Berachos 16a)

Daf Yomi

Just Like Carrying In A Karmelis ‘Tithing When Night Falls’ (Eruvin 36a)

Delayed Payment

"What's the difference?" argued Mr. Fine. "You caused me a loss in both ways!"

A Lulav For Levi

"But my rebbe taught me that on the first day of Sukkos you have to own the lulav and esrog," said Levi. "If I borrow yours, how can I fulfill the mitzvah?"

Kohanim Blessing Jews

Question: Is it permissible for kohanim to bless Jews outside the context of Birkat Kohanim?

Silent Berachot

Question: When called to the Torah for an aliyah, may one recite the berachot silently?

Half The Truth!

"Today we will continue learning about oaths," Rabbi Dayan began his shiur. "Does anyone remember what we learned last lesson? How many cases are there in which the Torah imposes an oath in beis din?"

Daf Yomi

A Matter Of Health ‘He Who Rounds The Corners…’ (Nazir 57b)

Wakeup Call (Part II)

The korban tamid was offered up every morning and every afternoon, including Shabbat. The korbanot tamid served as the bookends for all the other korbanot that were brought during the day. No other offering could be brought before the korban tamid of the morning or after the korban tamid of the afternoon.

Kitnyot: Truly a “Has-Bean”

This is one of those posts that falls into the category of “If only I had the power to……..”

Stand Or Sit?

Question: Should one stand or sit during chazarat hashatz?

Shovel Share

The first winter snow had arrived. Snowflakes drifted down in swirls, covering the ground with a beautiful blanket of white. As the hours passed the snow slowly accumulated, reaching a depth of six inches.

Daf Yomi

Children And Corpses ‘A Body Lying In The Sun…’ (Shabbos 43b)

Purchasing Agent

"Yossi is getting married in three weeks," Moshe said to Yehudah. "He mentioned that if a few friends wanted to chip in, he would be happy to get a washing machine as a gift. Are you interested?"

Waiving Your Rights

Such a document is legally binding, said Mr. Cohen, but I'm not sure that it's halachically binding.

Reparations: Insult Or Remedy? Kam Lei Bederabah Minei (Bava Kamma)

When an illegal act incurs corporal punishment or lashes (malkot) and monetary liability, the rule of kam lei also applies.

The Flame Of Chanukah

Yossi settled down with some chocolate coins to study for a test on hilchos Chanukah. Suddenly, there seemed to be a commotion in the street.

Can The Court Can Initiate Questions Leading To Judgment Against A Litigant? (Siman...

Before the Torah obliges a defendant to take the Modeh Bemiktzat oath of partial admission, the defendant must admit at least one perutah of the claim and deny two maot.

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