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Daf Yomi

For Appearance’s Sake ‘Moving Forward At The Word Of G-d’ (Shabbos 31a)

Daf Yomi

Triple Pray? ‘If He Did Not Say He Must Repeat’ (Shabbos 24a)

Suspected!

2 Heshvan 5773 – October 17, 2012
"I arranged with Simon Cooper, the plumber, to clear the blockage in the kitchen sink this morning," Mr. Laks told his wife. "Oh, great!" she replied. "I'll clean the kitchen before he comes."

The Time For Lighting Candles

Shabbat candles must be lit by (and preferably 18 minutes before) sunset. Once it is twilight, the time between sunset and nightfall known as bein hashmashot, it is too late to light. Bein hashmashot begins when the sun sets below the horizon and is no longer visible.

Daf Yomi

Crystal Clear As The Waters ‘Speak In The Manner Of One’s Teacher’ (Shabbos 15a)

The Uniqueness Of Modern Orthodoxy (Part I)

27 Tishri 5773 – October 12, 2012
Question: What is unique about Modern Orthodoxy?

Daf Yomi

Where Beis Shammai And Beis Hillel Agree ‘One Must Not Sit Before A Barber Near Minchah’ (Shabbos 9b)

Driveway Sukkah

19 Tishri 5773 – October 4, 2012
Sam Berger and Moti Farber shared a two family house, with a joint driveway in front. The Farbers had an extensive family, whereas Sam was relatively young and just recently had his fourth child.

Daf Yomi

Lulav, Shofar, Bris “His Hand Is Not At Rest” (Shabbos 3a)

Support Of Sechach

Question: May one support kosher sechach in a sukkah by placing it on a davar she’mekabel tumah, an item that can receive impurity (i.e., metal)?

Yom Kippur

11 Tishri 5773 – September 27, 2012
Even Moses, 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.”

Standing And Sitting For Kiddush On Sukkot

Question: Should a person recite kiddush standing or sitting on Sukkot? If he stands, should he sit down after saying the berachah of leshev ba’sukkah or remain standing?

Daf Yomi

Pomp And Circumstance ‘Endeavor to See the King’ (Berachos 58a)

Daf Yomi

The Lady Of The House ‘One Blesses First On The Wine…’ (Berachos 51)

Judgment And Reckoning

Question: A basic Jewish belief is that everyone ultimately will be judged. This final judgment is called din v’cheshbon, judgment and reckoning – see Avot 3:1. What is the difference between these two terms? What is din and what is cheshbon?

All In The Mind

It was Yom Kippur eve. The shul began filling rapidly as the time approached for Kol Nidrei. Herzl Machlis sat in his seat, cloaked in his tallis and kittel, quietly reciting Tefillah Zakkah, composed by the Chayei Adam 150 years ago.

Two Days Rosh Hashanah, Eruvin And Eggs

27 Elul 5772 – September 13, 2012
Why is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, so different from other Jewish holidays? On the face of it, it does not seem to follow any pattern. It is celebrated for two days, not only in the Diaspora but also in Israel. Yet the Sages refer to the two days of Rosh Hashanah as one long day – yoma arichta.

Daf Yomi

Shehakol Bread? ‘One Recites A Blessing On The Primary Food’ (Berachos 44a)

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