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May Tisha B’Av Be Annulled?

4 Av 5773 – July 10, 2013
Question: Does a contemporary bet din have the authority to annul Tisha B’Av considering that the fast day is rabbinical, not biblical, in origin?

Daf Yomi

The Shoemaker’s Children ‘If One Can Eat, One Can Sell’ (Pesachim 21a)

Catch 22

27 Tammuz 5773 – July 4, 2013
On Shabbat one should eat three meals. The Friday night and the Shabbat morning meals require Kiddush with wine and two challot, lechem mishneh, and the third meal, the seudah shlishit, requires lechem mishneh. The correct time for seudah shlishit is the afternoon. But what if it’s Shabbat Erev Pesach, when no chametz may be eaten after the fourth halachic hour of the day? No problem, some might think. Let’s use matzah for seudah shlishit. But that cannot be done either, because one may not eat kasher l’Pesach matzah on Erev Pesach and though it is Shabbat, it is also Erev Pesach. So if you cannot use challot or matzah for seudah shlishit, what should you do?

Lottery

Chaim and Zev had been roommates in yeshiva for a number of years. They had purchased, often jointly, many pictures of gedolim to adorn their walls. One of the most beautiful ones was a hand drawing of Rav Elyashiv, zt"l, that was not easy to find anymore.

An Aliyah For Someone Who Isn’t Fasting

Question: May a person who ate on Tisha B’Av receive an aliyah?

Daf Yomi

A Matter Of Resolve ‘The One Who Searches Recites A Berachah’ (Pesachim 7a)

Converted Inheritance

19 Tammuz 5773 – June 26, 2013
Andrew Connor was not born Jewish. He grew up in the Midwest, with almost no Jews around, so Judaism was the farthest thing from his mind. In the course of his military career, though, his unit was served by a Jewish chaplain, Rabbi Hillel. After being seriously wounded and coming close to dying, Andrew had numerous opportunities to discuss the meaning of life with Rabbi Hillel.

Silent Berachot

Question: When called to the Torah for an aliyah, may one recite the berachot silently?

Daf Yomi

Out Of The Box ‘All May Enter The Heichal To Build, Repair…’ (Eruvin 105a)

On Beginning Pesachim In Daf Yomi

As we start Pesachim in the study of Daf Yomi, we see that the Torah commands us to remove leavened bread, chametz, on Erev Pesach, in order to ensure that chametz will be neither seen nor found on our premises during the Yom Tov. The removal of chametz is achieved either by renouncing one’s ownership over it, bitul, or by physically destroying it, biyur. The rabbis established a procedure that combines both bitul and biyur.

Used Car

Noam had been driving his Toyota Camry for ten years and decided it was time to sell. The car was in good condition overall, but its age was beginning to show. There was a slow leak in the water, which had to be added to once a month; the padding on one of the seats was wearing through; the car had been in two accidents and the trunk door had been replaced; a seat belt was missing’ there were assorted dents and scratches on the outside; the tires and break pads were showing signs of wear and would soon have to be replaced; and the air conditioning was not as powerful as it used to be and there was a rattling sound when it was turned on, but Noam wasn't sure if there was a real problem there.

Postdated

6 Tammuz 5773 – June 13, 2013
"I saw an advertisement for group swimming lessons during the summer," Mr. Leiner said to his wife. "I think it would be good for our Pinchas."

Daf Yomi

Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin ‘Transgressing Bal Tigra’ (Eruvin 100a)

Searching For A Single Home

29 Sivan 5773 – June 6, 2013
According to biblical law, once an area has been converted in to a reshut hayachid by enclosing it with a halachically acceptable eruv, one may carry inside the enclosed area. But according to rabbinical law, it is simply not enough to enclose an area in which one wants to carry with an eruv. This alone will not permit carrying from the home into the street or vice versa. Neither will it alone permit carrying from a condominium apartment into the lobby or other common areas.

Mikveh Building Fund

Yidsville had a small but dedicated Jewish community. There was one Orthodox synagogue, led by Rabbi Well, a day school, women's mikveh, kosher butcher shop, pizza store and restaurants.

Daf Yomi

Elevated Train Tracks And Eruvin (Eruvin 94b)

Daf Yomi

Whose Fridge? ‘If the Owner Retains a Holding There’ (Eruvin 85b)

Following The Majority

Tradition has it that a bat kol declared that we follow Beit Hillel’s rulings over those of Beit Shammai.

Ten Grand

14 Sivan 5773 – May 22, 2013
Samuel Scherr was a very successful businessman. He also was generous and would share of his wealth with others. In this way, he became the uncle of favor to his nieces and nephews, whom he would frequently shower with gifts.

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