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Why Is Everyone Standing?

29 Elul 5773 – September 4, 2013
Question: Why does the congregation stand every time the shofar is blown?

Virus Attachment (Part Two)

Rabbi Dayan asked Ruby and Zev to sit down. "Remind me what the issue was," he said. "It's been a while since we spoke." "Zev sent me a computer virus as an email attachment," said Ruby. "Supposedly, the file was a 'helpful computer program,' which he told me to install. The file was a virus, though; when I clicked on it, it attacked my computer! The repair cost $250. I think that Zev should pay for the repair.”

Daf Yomi

Against The Tide? ‘How Do We Roast The Paschal Sacrifice?’ (Pesachim 74a)

Computer Virus

Ruby and Zev were classmates but didn't get along well. One weekend, shortly before a test, Ruby asked to borrow Zev's notes and kept them the entire weekend, ignoring Zev's pleas to return them. Not surprisingly, Zev did poorly on the test. He decided to get back at Ruby.

Chicken Eggs

17 Elul 5773 – August 22, 2013
Rabbi Dayan was learning the Daf in his study when his phone rang. "Hello, this is Shmuel," said the caller. "My children found some eggs in our backyard. They did shiluach ha'ken with the chickens and brought the eggs home. Can we eat them?"

Daf Yomi

Blood On His Hands! ‘It Is Praiseworthy For The Sons Of Aaron That They Walk In Blood…’ (Pesachim 65b)

Glistening Glass

10 Elul 5773 – August 15, 2013
Yair was always looking for spare jobs to earn some extra money. Before Pesach he would clean houses, before Sukkos he would build sukkahs, in the summer he would drive people to the mountains.

Daf Yomi

Mazal Tov, Mazal Tov! ‘They Recited Shema Yisrael [In Response]’ (Pesachim 56a)

Lost Leining

3 Elul 5773 – August 8, 2013
It was summertime. Congregation Sha'ar Shamayim was relatively empty, as many of its members were away in camp or vacationing in bungalows.

Daf Yomi

Are We There Yet? ‘I Don’t Work On Yom Tov [Sheni]’ (Pesachim 52a)

Prime-Time Prayer

Prayer is always an avenue to God. But in the month of Elul, the last month of the Jewish year, and during the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, God lends a particularly sympathetic ear.

Daf Yomi

Spoiled Rotten? ‘A Loaf Went Moldy And…Unfit For Human Consumption’ (Pesachim 45b)

Cancelled Trip Assistant

Eliyahu was enjoying a relaxing summer after an intensive year of learning. He spent time with his family, learned a few hours each day in the community beis medrash, and worked sporadically when the opportunity arose.

Kasher My Kitchen

Taste is everything. If the taste of chametz has been absorbed into a cooking vessel, such a vessel may not be used on Pesach unless it undergoes koshering, the halachically prescribed way of expelling the flavor of forbidden food such as non-kosher foods, meat and milk mixtures or chametz on Pesach from utensils and restoring them for use.

Daf Yomi

The Case Of The Stumbling Block (Pesachim 37b-38a)

Remnants

Rabbi Dayan walked into class and greeted his students. "Good morning! We're nearing the very end of Bava Kama," he announced. "Today we begin the final topic, b'ezras Hashem."

Korban Pesach

12 Av 5773 – July 18, 2013
We popularly refer to the eight-day period, from the fifteenth through the twenty second of Nissan, as the festival of Pesach. The Torah, however, calls this period Chag HaMatzot, during which time we eat matzot and abstain from eating chametz.

Daf Yomi

Chametz On Shabbos Erev Pesach (Pesachim 32a)

Pledge Transfer

Tiferes Torah Synagogue needed a new Sefer Torah and embarked on a Sefer Torah campaign among its members.

Unmarked Stamp

5 Av 5773 – July 11, 2013
Mr. Spitz was going through the mail. "Typical assortment," he grunted. "One third bills and financial documents, one third solicitations, and one third junk mail."

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