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My Father, Dayan Grunfeld

25 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
One cold December evening, I walked into my father’s book-lined study to light the Chanukah candles, which were placed beside the window that overlooked a high street in North London.

Missing Payment

20 Elul 5772 – September 6, 2012
Dr. Oren had a small psychology practice and rented office space from his colleague, Dr. Wieder, on Thursday afternoons. The rent amounted to $500 for the month. Since the two usually did not see each other, the arrangement was that Dr. Oren would leave the rent money in the top drawer of the desk.

Daf Yomi

A Vicious Cycle ‘Many Different Kinds Were Set Before Him’ (Berachos 41a)

Selichot

19 Elul 5772 – September 5, 2012
However remote the prospect of acquittal, a Jew must never give up. God commands us to challenge indictment with prayer. And the rabbis urge us to confront sentencing with hunger strikes. And so, the Midrash tells us, when Moses stood before God, at a loss for words with which to defend the sin of the golden calf, God Himself donned a tallit, took to the prayer stand, and showed Moses how to pray and what to say:

The Meanings Of Shema

It would be reasonable to assume that a language that contains the verb “to command” must also contain the verb “to obey.” The one implies the other, just as the concept of a question implies the possibility of an answer. We would, however, be wrong. There are 613 commandments in the Torah, but there is no word in biblical Hebrew that means “to obey.” When Hebrew was revived as a language of everyday speech in the nineteenth century, a word, letsayet, had to be borrowed from Aramaic. Until then there was no Hebrew word for “to obey.”

Daf Yomi

A Two Way Street? ‘Joining Geulah To Tefillah Is Preferable’ (Berachos 30a)

Never Borrowed!

6 Elul 5772 – August 23, 2012
Mr. Morris was home one evening, when an acquaintance, Mr. Roth, knocked at his door. "May I have a word with you?" Mr. Roth asked. "Certainly, come in," Mr. Morris said, welcoming him into the living room. "Perhaps you've forgotten," Mr. Roth began, "but last year I lent you $500, which you never repaid." Mr. Morris scratched his head and thought for a moment. "I never borrowed from you," he replied.

Daf Yomi

No Cell Phones Please! ‘A Kerchief That One Designated For Storing Tefillin’ (Berachos 23)

Prime Time Prayer

30 Av 5772 – August 17, 2012
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)

Profitable Ticket

22 Av 5772 – August 9, 2012
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

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)

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