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Daf Yomi

In One’s Grasp ‘Ein Ma’avirin Al Hamitzvos’ (Yoma 33a)

The Chosen People In Kiddush

How come Kiddush for Shabbat contains different phrases regarding the Jewish people’s chosenness than Kiddush for Yom Tov?

Delayed Order

Mr. Sofer completed his book order with an online company. The vendor offered special, fast shipping for an additional cost, but he opted for regular free shipping. "Delivery within three weeks," stated the site.

Closing One’s Eyes For Candle Lighting

3 Tevet 5774 – December 5, 2013
Question: Why do women cover their eyes when they light Shabbat candles?

4 For 100

People thronged from all over Israel to take advantage of this opportunity.

Wakeup Call (Yuma 28a)

At about 4 a.m. on cold and damp autumn mornings in London, Dad would try to wake us in time for Selichot, the pre-Jewish New Year dawn prayers. As we heard Dad’s footsteps mounting the stairs, my brother and I would hide under our covers and mutter our displeasure at being disturbed.

Daf Yomi

Chapter And Verse? ‘Has The Time For Slaughter Arrived?’ (Yoma 28a)

Pull Out Or Push Over

25 Kislev 5774 – November 27, 2013
Mr. Weiner walked over to the garbage can and pulled it out from under the board. The board fell to the ground with a thud and split. "Serves him right!" said Mr. Weiner. "I've warned him a hundred times not to take my things without permission!"

Daf Yomi

Of Kings And Scholars ‘He Forgave The Honor Due Him’ (Yoma 22b)

Shovel Share

19 Kislev 5774 – November 21, 2013
The first winter snow had arrived. Snowflakes drifted down in swirls, covering the ground with a beautiful blanket of white. As the hours passed the snow slowly accumulated, reaching a depth of six inches.

Reading The Ketubah

Question: Why is the ketubah read aloud at a wedding?

Daf Yomi

Which Way To Kindle? ‘All One’s Turns Shall Be To The Right’ (Yoma 15b)

Daf Yomi, Masechet Yoma

Even Moshe Rabbeinu, who spoke with God one on One, was not allowed to see Him during his lifetime. “You cannot see my face, for no man shall see me and live.” Ultimately, we shall all see God one on One and face not just Him but also ourselves and the lives we led.

Junior League

12 Kislev 5774 – November 14, 2013
Dudi was assistant coach of his community's Junior League basketball team, comprised of fifth and sixth graders. Among the players was his younger brother, Dovy, who had just turned eleven.

Daf Yomi

Removing Mezuzos When The Lease Is Up ‘For It Was A Residence For The High Priest’ (Yoma 10a)

Medicine On Shabbat

Question: May one ingest medicine on Shabbat?

Unreasonable Rental

5 Kislev 5774 – November 7, 2013
The first storm of the winter arrived. The skies turned black and the rain fell heavy. The trees swayed back and forth as the wind howled outside. Here and there, branches snapped off and fell to the ground.

First Come, First Served

You’ve been too busy to open your mail. When you finally do, it is overflowing with bills and letters. Solicitation letters from the Jewish hospital, a gemach (interest-free loan fund), the yeshiva and the synagogue.

‘Stand Your Ground’ And Halacha

Question: Can you “stand your ground” according to halacha as George Zimmerman allegedly did when he killed Trayvon Martin?

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