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Unintended

2 Iyyar 5774 – May 1, 2014
He flipped through the pages, looking for some identification. "Absolutely no marks; it's brand new," Yosef said. "Since there are no identifying marks, the item is hefker [ownerless] and can be taken; I'm taking it for myself."

Daf Yomi

Altered States ‘Examining A Bechor Is Not The Same’ (Beizah 27a)

On Whose Side?

"I just picked up a case of tuna at the supermarket up the block, three for $2," Mrs. Cooper said. "You may want to buy the tuna there."

Sefirat HaOmer

Because the Torah requires one to count “seven complete weeks” one should count at the beginning of the day, which in Jewish law begins on the preceding night.

A Woman Called Basha

Question: Is the name Basha a derivative or nickname of another name?

More Than Enough

15 Nisan 5774 – April 14, 2014
"I'll try to help as we can," said Mr. Goodman, "but we already made a special appeal this year. Let me see what other funds we have. I'll be in touch with you in a day or two."

Daf Yomi

Reckoning Time ‘Three Festivals, Even Out Of Order’ (Beizah 19b)

Reading The Labels For Pesach

A few background principles regarding the prohibitions of chametz mixtures on Pesach may provide some shopping guidance.

Is it Time to Abandon Kitniyot?

11 Nisan 5774 – April 11, 2014
Rabbi David Bar-Hayim argues it is time for Ashkenazim to abandon the prohibition against Kitnyot. What do you think?

Blow Torch

11 Nisan 5774 – April 10, 2014
"Why is that?" asked Rabbi Brenner. "What happened to the rule of hamotzi meichaveiro alav hareaya (the burden of the proof is on the plaintiff)?"

Daf Yomi

Belaboring The Point ‘Since It Is Permitted When Necessary, It Is Permitted Even When Not Necessary’ (Beitzah 12a)

Rav Kamenetsky On The State Of Israel

Question: Have any “right wing” gedolei yisrael discussed the positive religious nature of Medinat Yisrael?

Daf Yomi

A Consequence Of Our Exile ‘Guard The Custom Of Your Forefathers’ (Beizah 4b)

Photo Copy

"People who want to donate will give anyway," said Mr. Bodner. "Why can't I also gain from distributing the photo?"

Why Eat Fish On Shabbat?

Question: Why do Jews eat fish on Shabbat?

Pesach Medication And Alcohol

The prohibition of chametz on Pesach means that chametz may not be eaten or enjoyed, may not be owned or possessed, and must be removed from one's premises.

Covering A Sefer Torah Between Aliyot

26 Adar II 5774 – March 27, 2014
Question: Should a Sefer Torah be covered between aliyot?

Daf Yomi

What A Difference A Day Makes ‘Rav Rules: First Sukkah, Then Zeman’ (Sukkah 56a)

Second Day Yom Tov, Eruvin And Eggs (Beitzah 4)

Whether a month is chaser or maleh makes a crucial difference to our Jewish lives. If, for example, one mistakenly believed the month of Elul was maleh when in fact it was chaser, one might find oneself eating on Yom Kippur and fasting on a weekday. If one mistakenly believed the month of Adar was maleh when in fact it was chaser, one might find oneself eating bread on Pesach.

Use With Care

"Well, I brought over a cake for the simcha," Mrs. Kasner said. She came in and put the cake down on the counter. "Please tell your mother I'd like the serving dish back after Shabbos."

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