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Sefirat HaOmer Via Shome’a K’oneh

15 Iyyar 5774 – May 14, 2014
Question: Can one fulfill the mitzvah of Sefirat HaOmer via shome’a k’oneh (listening to someone else say the necessary words without saying anything oneself)?

Daf Yomi

Hillel’s Innovation ‘The Second Month Of Solomon’s Rule’ (Rosh Hashanah 2b)

Along For The Ride

Sometimes, we even force people not to act this way but to let others benefit.

Kohanim Blessing Jews

2 Iyyar 5774 – May 1, 2014
Question: Is it permissible for kohanim to bless Jews outside the context of Birkat Kohanim?

Daf Yomi

A Woman’s Oneg Yom Tov ‘You Shall Call The Shabbos A Delight’ (Beitzah 34b)

Unintended

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?

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