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The Broken Stem (Part II)

12 Adar II 5774 – March 13, 2014
The lulav symbolizes the backbone, the etrog, the heart, the hadas the eyes, and the arava the lips moving in the service of God.

Daf Yomi

A Grafted Esrog ‘Passul When Missing Even a Tiny Bit’ (Sukkah 34b)

Timely Delivery

The day after Purim, Mordechai Freilich received the mishloach manos package with a note: "This mishloach manos was meant to be delivered on Purim, but delayed due to the storm. Please accept our apologies."

‘Berov Am’ Versus ‘Zerizim’ (Part I)

Question: When performing a mitzvah, what is more important: doing it right away – “zerizim” – or doing it with a large crowd – “berov am”?

The Broken Stem

Although the Torah only commands us to pick up the arba minim, the rabbis require that we wave them in all four directions of the compass as well as upward and downward.

Between Kiddush And Eating

28 Adar I 5774 – February 27, 2014
Question: How much time may lapse between Kiddush and the meal?

The Status Of The Shomer Aveidah (Daf Yomi Sukkot 25a)

Is a shomer aveidah considered a shomer chinam or a shomer sachar?

Daf Yomi

The Flighty Customer ‘Scribes…Are Exempt’ (Sukkah 26a)

On A Fling

Today was one of those days. Shimshon was standing in the hallway during recess, talking to a friend, when Dan walked over and jumped on him.

Daf Yomi

It’s All About The Clouds ‘Have You Seen My Slave, Tabi?’ (Sukkah 20b)

A Questionable Siman

"The Gemara [B.M. 25a] questions whether coins arranged in such a fashion serve as a siman – indicating intentional arrangement – or not," explained Rabbi Dayan. "The question is whether they could have fallen unintentionally in this way. This question remains unresolved in the Gemara."

Praying For Independence

Question: Do Jews pray for Jewish political independence?

Until When?

14 Adar I 5774 – February 13, 2014
Outside the school, a person stood selling waterproof knapsacks. A sign above him read: "SALE! Only $100 for a knapsack! Limited time offer." Mr. Wasser passed by and was intrigued by the knapsacks. He came over and asked the salesman about them.

Under The Oak Tree (Daf Yomi Sukkah)

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.

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