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Ancient Cities, Ancient Walls (Megillah 3b-4a)

Unstated Intentions

6 Tammuz 5774 – July 3, 2014
Mr. Haber called Rabbi Dayan. "We sold various household items, including my bicycle, the refrigerator and some professional tools with the expectation of being relocated," he said. "It turns out we're staying. Can I annul those sales?"

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Birchas Kohanim On A Fast Day ‘Because of Intoxication…’ (Taanis 26b)

The Three Weeks And The Nine Days

A commonly employed and permissible device regarding the prohibition of wearing fresh clothes during the Nine Days is to don them for a moment or two before the Nine Days.

Who Says What?

Question: At Birkat Kohanim, who says the phrase, “Am k’doshecha ka’amur”?

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A Siyum Validates It ‘Thereupon The Decrees Were Annulled’ (Ta’anis 18a)

What A View!

"You cannot restrain Ari from building a fence on his property," answered Rabbi Dayan.

A True Disciple

Question: How can one determine whether someone is a true disciple of a rav, Rebbe, or rosh yeshiva?

Cool Emergency

22 Sivan 5774 – June 19, 2014
"I would understand if I became sick and could not finish," said Mr. Braun. "But here it was my choice to stop the work and go take care of my mother."

Roe V. Wade In Jewish Law

Question: Does halacha agree with the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade permitting women to have abortions?

The Rainmaker (Tefillat Hageshem)

The prayer of Mashiv haruach u’morid hageshem mentions God’s rainmaking powers but it is not an immediate request for rain.

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A Unique Challenge ‘Tithe, You Shall Tithe…’ (Ta’anis 9a)

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Pidyon Haben In The Afternoon? ‘…The First Reads Hallel Out Loud’ (Rosh Hashanah 32b)

Oh, Nuts!

"David is also entitled, since he is also learning," Moshe replied. "He'll be back in a few minutes. Anyway, I'm on a diet and didn't take one for myself, so I don't see any problem taking for him."

Festive Or Somber (Masechet Rosh Hashanah)

According to the Bach, Rosh Hashanah is referred to as moed, festival, the same term the Torah uses to describe Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot.

Putting On A Talit To Lead Services

Question: When someone puts on a talit to lead services, should he recite a berachah?

The Candy Man

6 Sivan 5774 – June 3, 2014
If the survival of Judaism is dependent on the next generation, there is no doubt that the most important person in the synagogue is the Candy Man.

Taking A Loan

Shlomo called Rabbi Dayan. "I lent someone money, and he now denies the loan," he began. "If the opportunity presents itself, am I allowed to grab money from him?"

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The Shofar On Shabbos ‘Rosh Hashanah That Fell on Shabbos’ (Rosh Hashanah 29b)

Should An 80-Year-Old Have A Bar Mitzvah?

Question: A number of synagogues feature bar mitzvah celebrations for elderly Jews. Is this proper?

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