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The Grass Is Greener (Gittin 88b)

8 Adar II 5776 – March 17, 2016
According to the Shach, the prohibition against erka’ot akum does not apply when Jewish litigants agree to litigate in front of a named non-Jewish judge.

The Curse of Fluency

3 Adar II 5776 – March 13, 2016
The quality of our prayers may have to take precedence over quantity, some may no longer work for us

Daf Yomi

1 Adar II 5776 – March 10, 2016
Filling In The Blanks ‘Esrog Similar To A Tree In Three Ways…’ (Kiddushin 2b-3a)

Mixed Money

"Similarly, aside from the amount that is certain, you don't know whether anything more was put in the container." (C.M. 75:9)

Rabbinical Courage and the Frozen Text

26 Adar I 5776 – March 6, 2016
A Gavra Rabba, an extraordinarily great person, is one who reduces the pain of fellow human beings!

Daf Yomi

24 Adar I 5776 – March 3, 2016
Excluding The Excluded ‘You Are Permitted To Any Man But My Father…’ (Gittin 85a)

Machatzis Hashekel (Half-Shekel)

"The value of silver, in comparison to other items, has dropped precipitously in the past few centuries," replied Rabbi Dayan.

Electrical Short

17 Adar I 5776 – February 25, 2016
Mr. Braun notified the landlord. "We'll cover the air-conditioning repair," the landlord said. "That's included in house repairs."

Daf Yomi

Deliberate Humiliation ‘Take Care of My Father’ (Gittin 75b)

Daf Yomi

Viewing Competency “A Deaf Person Able to Speak” (Gittin 71a)

Shady Witness

"Do you have witnesses who can support this allegation?" asked Rabbi Dayan.

The Rights of Widows and Daughters against the Estate (Gittin 51)

The father does not need to worry about his daughters when they marry because the family bank of the husband’s family unit will support them.

Shifting The Oath (Gittin 51a)

3 Adar I 5776 – February 11, 2016
If the general rule is hamotzi machavero alav harayah, why do we not apply it to the $50,000 the defendant denies?

Daf Yomi

Completing An Assignment ‘A Get May Be Written And Given Even 100 Times’ (Gittin 63b)

Overstated

"Mr. Stein is believed that he repaid," answered Rabbi Dayan, "since the loan document is invalid."

Needed: A Remorseless Judaism

Judaism's about bold ideas & actions. Its goal isn't finding the truth but honestly searching for it

Milk and Meat: The Dangerous Mixture

28 Shevat 5776 – February 7, 2016
One is also obligated to destroy a mixture of meat & milk even if there's no intention to consume it

Daf Yomi

In The Aftermath Of The Betar Massacre ‘Forty Se’ah Of Tefillin Casings Were Found…’ (Gittin 57b-58a)

Vows, Oaths, And Their Annulment (Gittin 35b)

The philosophical explanation may be that the Torah itself sometimes tells us which mitzvah is more important in God’s eyes.

Signed And Sealed

"What are you talking about?" asked Moshe. "I wasn't aware that the kesubah entailed payment of such sums."

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