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Daf Yomi

A Hadran On Shas ‘Tam V’nishlam’ (Niddah 73a)

The Proper Times For Reciting Shema

14 Av 5772 – August 1, 2012
There is a fundamental difference between the times set for reciting the Shema and all other prayers. Whereas our sages linked the times for prayers to the times of the Temple sacrifices, the time for reciting Shema is fixed by the Torah itself – “beshochbechah uvekumechah” – when you lie down and when you get up.

Summer Weekend

9 Av 5772 – July 27, 2012
Mr. Blank worked through the summer, so his family stayed in the city. "It would be nice to get away to the country for a weekend," his wife suggested.

When Tisha B’Av Occurs On Shabbat Or Sunday

8 Av 5772 – July 26, 2012
Five tragedies occurred on Tisha B’Av. It was decreed that those who left Egypt would not enter the land of Israel, the first and second Temples were destroyed, the city of Betar was captured with thousands massacred, and Turnus Rufus plowed the site of the razed Temple. Consequently, Tisha B’Av was declared a day of national mourning and a fast day.

Daf Yomi

Sorrow And Joy ‘Proclaim Your Troubles So That Your Friends Pray For You’ (Niddah 66a)

Music During The Nine Days (Part II)

7 Av 5772 – July 25, 2012
Question: Is it prohibited to listen to music in the privacy of one’s home (or car) during the Nine Days?

Music During The Nine Days (Part I)

2 Av 5772 – July 20, 2012
Question: Is it prohibited to listen to music in the privacy of one’s home (or car) during the Nine Days?

Daf Yomi

Self Evident? ‘What Uncleanness Is There In A Nasal Discharge?’ (Niddah 55b- 56a)

Just One Tile!

23 Tammuz 5772 – July 12, 2012
The Alperts needed some work done around their house. The contracted Mr. Fixler, a general handyman, to do the job. While working on one of the fixtures, Mr. Fixler accidentally knocked his drill off the ladder. It landed with a thud on the floor of the entranceway, cracking a tile.

Daf Yomi

Soul Food ‘It Comes To Include A Fragrance’ (Niddah 52a)

Daf Yomi

Can’t Have It Both Ways ‘A Minor Who Reaches Maturity’ (Niddah 46a)

The Three Weeks And The Nine Days

One does not have to be superstitious to recognize facts. It is a historical fact that the period between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and the Tenth of Av was plagued by recurring tragedies.

A Unique Iranian Custom

9 Tammuz 5772 – June 28, 2012
Question: It is known that some sephardim generally arrive at a simcha a few hours subsequent to the time noted on the invitation. Is there any logic behind this custom?

Daf Yomi

Rebirth Of Sorts ‘Immersing Contaminated, Emerging Pure’ (Niddah 42a)

Sealed Envelope

Mr. Meyers scurried around the wedding hall, making sure everything was properly in place; his son was getting married. "Could you please watch this envelope?" he asked his close friend, Mr. Koenig.

Daf Yomi

The Great Switch ‘These Are The Sons Of Leah’ (Niddah 32)

Tzitzit, Tefillin, And Women

Question: Why don’t women wear tzitzit and tefillin?

Buy!

25 Sivan 5772 – June 14, 2012
Mr. Scher had a portfolio manager for his investments, but preferred to track certain stocks himself. One was TorahTech, a start-up that specialized in harnessing new technology to disseminate Torah.

An Almost Successful Baal Teshuvah

Question: Someone tried to observe Shabbat but could not hold out from violating its laws in the latter part of the day. Does he receive a reward for the amount of Shabbat he observed? Or is reward based on the principle of “all or nothing”? In other words, does Shabbat observance require a total commitment such that partial observance is comparable to not observing Shabbat altogether?

Daf Yomi

Lost In Translation ‘A Shesua Is A Creature…’ (Niddah 24a)

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