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The Sons of Noach

28 Tishri 5775 – October 21, 2014
Myth #1: It is easy to be a B'nai Noach. It is extraordinarily hard to be a B'nai Noach.

Branch Bang

22 Tishri 5775 – October 15, 2014
Shimon started adjusting the branches on the roof. In doing so, a branch fell off the other side of the car and hit the side-view mirror, cracking it.

Eating In The Sukkah On Shemini Atzeret

Should we sit in the sukkah on a day that may be the eighth day when we are not commanded to sit in the sukkah at all?

Daf Yomi

For Appearance’s Sake ‘Shammai Did Not Follow Their Own Ruling’ (Yevamos 13b 14a)

Esrog Escapade

15 Tishri 5775 – October 8, 2014
Some seforim on a nearby bookcase toppled over and knocked the esrog out of Lev's hand. It fell to the ground and a piece broke off.

Daf Yomi

Being Overly Burdensome My Sabbaths Shall You Observe’ (Yevamos 6a)

The Pilot Light

We are told that after returning home from Ne’ilah and breaking our fast, the first activity we should engage in is building a sukkah.

Daf Yomi

9 Tishri 5775 – October 2, 2014
A Miraculous Visual Treat ‘They Lifted It Up To Show…’ (Chagiga 26b)

Ma’aser Maftir

Mr. Fisher contacted Rabbi Dayan. "Am I allowed to use money of ma'aser kesafim to pay the shul for an aliyah that I bought?" he asked.

Shabbat, Shabbat Shabbaton

In addition to Yom Kippur, there is at least one other instance when a person may fast on Shabbat – the case of a ta’anit chalom, in which a person wishes to fast to prevent an ominous dream from becoming reality.

May One Wear Crocs on Yom Kippur?

8 Tishri 5775 – October 1, 2014
Contrary to popular belief, the Talmud never explicitly limits the ban on footwear to leather shoes.

King In Search Of Crown

29 Elul 5774 – September 23, 2014
We must eat, sleep, work, and care for our dependants. How much time is left over after all that?

Daf Yomi

Chatzitzah And Its Applications ‘Greater Stringency Applies To Hallowed Things…’ (Chagiga 20b-21a)

Communal Eruv Tavshilin

Rabbi Dayan took a challah and some cooked eggs. He then called over his 15-year-old son, Aharon. "Could you please ask your friend Chaim from next door to come over and help me with the eruv tavshilin?"

Daf Yomi

A Role Reversal ‘Return, O Wayward Sons…’ (Chagigah 15a)

Rental Remainders

When the Kleins returned, however, they were dismayed to see that the renters did a poor job cleaning up after themselves.

Celebration, Serenity, And Mourning Part II (Moed Katan)

17 Elul 5774 – September 11, 2014
If mourning is incompatible with Yom Tov, why is it not incompatible with Shabbat?

Daf Yomi

An Astonishing Miracle ‘Why Bring the Infants to Hakhel?’ (Chagigah 3a)

Rooftop Blessing

"Tony said that the code in most places in the U.S. is at least 36 inches for a residential guardrail," replied Mr. Braun. "Some make it higher, 42, or even 52 inches for high porches. What is the required height according to halacha?"

Celebration, Serenity, And Mourning (Moed Katan 19a)

10 Elul 5774 – September 4, 2014
Why does Yom Tov cut short shiva and shloshim?

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