Contrary to popular belief, the Talmud never explicitly limits the ban on footwear to leather shoes.
We must eat, sleep, work, and care for our dependants. How much time is left over after all that?
Chatzitzah And Its Applications ‘Greater Stringency Applies To Hallowed Things…’ (Chagiga 20b-21a)
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?"
A Role Reversal ‘Return, O Wayward Sons…’ (Chagigah 15a)
When the Kleins returned, however, they were dismayed to see that the renters did a poor job cleaning up after themselves.
If mourning is incompatible with Yom Tov, why is it not incompatible with Shabbat?
An Astonishing Miracle ‘Why Bring the Infants to Hakhel?’ (Chagigah 3a)
"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?"
Why does Yom Tov cut short shiva and shloshim?
A Blast At A Funeral? “R. Hamnuna Came To Daramutha…” (Moed Kattan 27b)
"The Torah states in Parshat Ki-Teitzei: 'If you build a new house, you shall make a fence for your roof. I think it's your responsibility."
Untimely News ‘A Mourner Is Forbidden To Wear Shoes…’ (Mo’ed Katan 20b)
On Friday afternoon, Dov called Kalman. "Please make sure to return the keys for the car on Motzaei Shabbos," he said. "We have a bris on Sunday morning and we're all going. We also need the roof luggage bag."
On Chol HaMoed some work is prohibited and some is permitted. According to some opinions, the work prohibition is biblical; according to others, it’s rabbinical.
Discretion ‘Vendors Of Fruits And Clothing…May Sell In Private’ (Mo’ed Katan 13b)
"We're leining now, and shouldn't be talking," Mr. Silver gently quieted his son. "At the Shabbos table we can discuss it at length."
"Guess what?" Benzion exclaimed when he returned home. "I just won an identical Mishnah Berurah in the avos u'banim raffle."
An Outcast ‘He Shall Dwell Outside His Tent’ (Moed Katan 7b)
Based on the opinion of the Ramban, the Territorial School believes that leaving any territory of the Land of Israel in the possession of non-Jews is a violation of a biblical mandate.
"Do I have to repay the loan?" he asked. "Does Yosef have to reimburse me? What if doesn't have that sum, does he owe me in the future?"
Pondering A Kapandria “It Should Not Be Used As A Shortcut” (Megillah 29a)
The Gender Factor ‘Where There Is Loss Of Work… Three Are Called To The Torah’ (Megillah 22b)
To properly fulfill the mitzvah of listening to the megillah, each word must be heard.
When Yoram got home that evening, he went over to Effy: "My day camp is looking for extra supervision for an overnight trip," he said. "Would you like to come? They're paying $250 for the trip."