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Under The Oak Tree (Daf Yomi Sukkah)

14 Adar I 5774 – February 13, 2014
The equivalent of the “OU” kashrut certification in England is that of the London Beit Din. There is also a competing kashrut certification called Kedassia. Those who eat Kedassia do not eat Beit Din.

Daf Yomi

What Constitutes Schach? ‘Schach Boards’ (Sukkah 14a)

An Unalterable Distinction

Question: In Havdalah, we note that Hashem separates day from night and Yisrael from the nations of the world. Are these two distinctions similar in nature?

Daf Yomi

The Face Of Holiness ‘Inscribed on the Tzitz HaZahav’ (Sukkah 5a)

Handing It Over

"I've got to run," Yossi said to his friends. He turned to Nachman, who lived a few doors away from him. "Someone asked me to watch his backpack, with a laptop inside," he said. "Can you please take it home? I'll pick it up in the evening."

G-d Expects More From Us

Question: The Talmud (Berachot 33b) notes that it is improper to implore G-d: “Just as You have shown mercy upon a bird’s nest [with the mitzvah of shiluach ha’kan], so, too, may you have mercy and compassion on us.” Why is this prayer improper?

Divine Protection (Daf Yomi Sukkah)

When we are on the move in life, exiled from place to place, we turn to God, our Partner, for the protection of His cloud. When we are given the luxury of settling down, God turns to us, His partner, for the protection of our walls.

Birthday Parties (Yoma 86a)

30 Shevat 5774 – January 30, 2014
If karet is premature death at the hand of God, until what age can it strike and at what age can one celebrate emerging from the danger zone?

Daf Yomi

All For The Boss ‘Praiseworthy Is One Whose…Sins Are Covered’ (Yoma 86b)

Daf Yomi

Point Of Ingestion “The Size of an Egg to Satisfy…” (Yoma 79b)

Loan Conversion

Jonathan needed some extra cash, about $30,000 for his business. He applied to a number of banks for a loan, but they were being tight on issuing him credit and were also asking for more interest than he wanted to pay.

The Perfect Representative

The two sons of Aaron, Nadav and Avihu, who, according to some commentators, ventured past the outer altar in a state of intoxication, paid for it with their lives.

A Quiet Kaddish

Question: Is it okay to recite Kaddish silently?

Rescue And Damage

16 Shevat 5774 – January 16, 2014
Mr. Brand was walking home one evening when he saw his neighbor, Mr. Moses, getting into the car with his family. "Where are you heading with the whole family?" he asked.

Daf Yomi

Worming Out Of This One! ‘Twisted Scarlet Wool’ (Yoma 71b)

Sit Or Stand?

Question: Is it permitted to sit during Keriat HaTorah or must one stand?

Daf Yomi

To Be Or Not To Be “Appointed…Designated From The Previous Day” (Yoma 66b)

Fasting, Halacha And Common Sense (Yuma 73b)

A sick person who is told by a doctor (or feels on his own) that refraining from eating and drinking on Yom Kippur will or may aggravate the sickness to the point of danger, is required by halacha to eat and drink on Yom Kippur.

The First Blessing To Grandchildren

Question: Is there special significance to the blessing Yaakov gave his grandsons?

Save Me A Seat

Shlomo arrived at the bus station half an hour early, whereas Kalman got delayed on the way. As departure time approached, Kalman called Shlomo. "I'll be there in ten minutes," he said. "Get on the bus meanwhile and save me a seat next to you towards the back."

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