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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

What About Ma’ariv? ‘The Bridegroom Is Exempt From Kerias Shema’ (Berachos 16a)

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Excitement was in the air as the 12th Siyum HaShas of the Daf Yomi cycle approached. Mendy, who had joined the Daf seven and-a-half years earlier, eagerly anticipated taking part in this major event at MetLife Stadium along with 93,000 other participants.

Daf Yomi

Kerias Shema Twice At Night? ‘When One Reads Shema’ (Berachos 8b)

Daf Yomi

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

The Proper Times For Reciting Shema

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

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

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)

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)

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!

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

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?


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)

Celebrating A Bar Mitzvah

Question: Why do we celebrate when a boy becomes bar mitzvah?

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