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Fence Value

12 Sivan 5772 – June 1, 2012
Mr. Sam Braun stood at the back door of his house with another man dressed in rugged jeans and a baseball cap, surveying the back yard. The man had a tape measure in his hands, and took measurements along the length and width of the yard. The two then walked to the side of the house and again measured and talked, gesticulating with their hands.

Daf Yomi

Location, Location! ‘Alive Until Determined Otherwise’ (Niddah 4)

Wakeup Call (Part II)

3 Sivan 5772 – May 23, 2012
The korban tamid was offered up every morning and every afternoon, including Shabbat. The korbanot tamid served as the bookends for all the other korbanot that were brought during the day. No other offering could be brought before the korban tamid of the morning or after the korban tamid of the afternoon.

Lighting Yom Tov Candles

Question: When should women light yom tov candles?

Non-Kosher!

26 Iyyar 5772 – May 17, 2012
"Welcome to the bar mitzvah celebration of our dear son, Eliezer," Mr. Siegel announced to his guests. "The bar mitzvah boy will now make a siyum Mishnayos, which will be followed by the main course."

Daf Yomi

Spared Possible Punishment ‘Those Who Are New To The Ketores’ (Tamid 32b-33a)

Sefirat Ha’Omer At Sunset

Question: May one recite Sefirat Ha’Omer with a berachah after sunset (shekiah)?

Wakeup Call (Midot 1:9)

18 Iyyar 5772 – May 10, 2012
At about 4 a.m. on cold and damp autumn mornings in London, Dad would try to wake us in time for Selichot, the pre-Jewish New Year dawn prayers. As we heard Dad’s footsteps mounting the stairs, my brother and I would hide under our covers and mutter our displeasure at being disturbed.

Daf Yomi

Guarding the Temple Even Today! ‘Kohanim Were Stationed in Three Places’ (Tamid 25b)

After The Amidah

12 Iyyar 5772 – May 3, 2012
Question: At the conclusion of the Amidah, should the chazzan say “Yiyu leratzon imrei fi… – May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable before you, G-d, my Rock and Redeemer”?

Father’s Pledge

Mr. Gottlieb, though not wealthy, was known for his generosity. He scrupulously gave 10 percent of his earnings to charity, and often much more. Among his regular charities was Yeshivas Ohr Israel. At the recent Dinner, Mr. Gottlieb pledged $10,000 toward the Yeshiva's scholarship fund.

Daf Yomi

Kishka ‘Their Consumers Are Not Human!’ (Me’ilah 20b)

Daf Yomi

A Transfusion, An Element Of Life ‘Blood From A Sanctified Animal Is Forbidden’ (Me’ilah 12)

A Silver Atarah On A Talit

4 Iyyar 5772 – April 25, 2012
Question: I have heard that some halachic authorities disapprove of placing a silver atarah on a talit. Is this true?

Birthday Parties (Part II) (Keritut 2a, Shabbat 25a, Yevamot 2a and Pesachim 32b)

27 Nisan 5772 – April 18, 2012
In addition to karet, there is another type of premature death at the hand of God known as “mita bedei shamayim.”

Praying For The Sick

Question: During Kriat HaTorah, many congregations recite a general prayer for ill people. What is the source of this custom? Also, in many congregations, instead of the gabbai announcing each name, all of the shul’s members are asked to silently say the name of the ill person to themselves while the gabbai remains quiet for several moments. Is this proper?

Daf Yomi

When The Service Is Done ‘Once Permitted To Kohanim, Me’ilah Does Not Apply’ (Me’ilah 4b)

Parking Spot

21 Nisan 5772 – April 12, 2012
Yankel drove with his wife to the yeshiva's annual dinner. "I hope we'll be able to find parking," she said.

Birthday Parties (Keritut 2a; Shabbat 25a; Moed Katan 28a; Ta’anit 5b)

Each morning at about 7:10 a.m. my mother, still in her housecoat and slippers, would wake me for school. One wintry Monday morning I opened my eyes to see her leaning over my bed. She was in hat and coat and her hands were cold from the weather outside.

Daf Yomi

A Bride And Groom On Their Wedding Day ‘Except For The Day After Yom Kippur’ (Kerisos 25a)

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