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Can One Wear One’s Late Father’s Shoes?

I think there’s a sefer that says wearing them is “dangerous” and some people think that means spiritually dangerous.

Can A Jew Shave On Chol HaMoed?

Rav Moshe says it’s muttar, strictly speaking, but since so many people don’t shave on Chol HaMoed, it’s better not to, he said.

A Loan Disputed (Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat 79:4)

The witnesses testify that they saw the plaintiff give money to the defendant but they don’t know the nature of the transaction.

Another Slice, Please!

"I'm not sure whether a single Seder group can split," said Mr. Kadosh. "But look! I see Rabbi Dayan; maybe he has an idea."

Daf Yomi

A Convert’s Benefit ‘Blemishes Are Only Post Sinai’ (Horayos 10a)

The Halachic History of the Expanding Kezayis

He points out that medieval Ashkenazic authorities never saw an olive. Olives do not grow that far north; they only grow in the Mediterranean region.

Is Grape Juice Acceptable For The Arba Kosos?

What about the Gemara that says you can squeeze out a cluster of grapes on Erev Shabbos and make Kiddush on Shabbos? They said that’s only if you didn’t treat the grape juice chemically to prevent it from fermenting.

Which Statement To Believe? (Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat 79:3)

By denying the existence of the loan altogether, the defendant in 79:1 admitted, by implication, that he did not repay it – because nobody repays a loan he says he never took.

Daf Yomi

The Mitzvah To Obey The Wise ‘If Beis Din Issued A Ruling’ (Horayos 2b)

Storage Sale!

"What about the Jewish clients?" asked Mr. Cohen. "That's a problem; they're keeping their chametz in our warehouse!"

Daf Yomi

Not Wanted – Dead Or Alive ‘A Mouse That Fell Into A Cask Of Beer’ (Avoda Zara 68b)

The Loan Is For You!

Pinchas called Rabbi Dayan and asked: "If my brother takes a $30,000 loan from the bank intended for me, and I reimburse him for the monthly installments, do we need a heter iska?"

Choshen Mishpat 79:2

If witnesses subsequently testify in court that the defendant indeed borrowed money but repaid it, the defendant has to pay if the plaintiff claims otherwise. Why?

Do Lipstick And Toothpaste Need To Be Kasher L’Pesach?

So strictly speaking, you don’t need to buy toothpaste or lipstick that has a kasher l’Pesach hechser, but if you can get one with it, why not?

Daf Yomi

Avoiding A Catastrophe ‘A Ger And A Gentile Inherited…’ (Avoda Zara 64a)

“You Don’t Owe!”

The following day, Mr. Metzger called Mr. Rubin. "I appreciate your honesty," he said. "However, I reviewed the records, and I'm certain there's no outstanding balance."

Can You Look Me In The Eye And Lie? (Siman 79:1, Continued)

As for the debtor’s statement that he never borrowed money from the plaintiff, it has been undermined by the two witnesses who testified that he did.

Free Sprinkles!

"Whoever came in contact with a corpse or was in a cemetery must also be sprinkled on twice beforehand with water that has ashes of the parah adumah, the red cow, mixed in."

Kasher LePesach Light Bulbs

If chametz became mixed with non-chametz on Pesach, the mixture is prohibited on Pesach even if the ratio of the permitted non‑chametz to the forbidden chametz is 1,000 to 1.

Daf Yomi

Who’s The Boss? ‘One Hired A Laborer To Assist Him In Yayin Nesech’ (Avodah Zarah 62a)

Caught In A Lie (Siman 79:1)

By denying the existence of the loan, the debtor, by implication, also admits that he did not repay it.

Borrowed Costume

"My son dressed up as a lion last year," exclaimed Mrs. Kahn. "We bought this great costume. It was so realistic!"

Pesach Medication And Alcohol

May a person who wants to eat chametz that everybody else finds inedible do so?

Daf Yomi

Our Turn ‘A Gentile Nullifies His Idolatrous Relic’ (Avodah Zarah 52b)

For One Or All?

Yaakov looked at the will again. "Why do you say that?" he asked. "The will does not say to give $10,000 to each grandchild. It says that $10,000 is granted to the grandchildren as a group. Divide the sum among you!"

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