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No Landlords (Part II)

30 Shevat 5772 – February 22, 2012
Batei arei chomah are structures (of at least six to eight square feet) in towns consisting of at least three courtyards with two buildings each, with a predominantly Jewish population – provided that such towns were surrounded by a wall in the time of Joshua even though they may no longer be surrounded by a wall at the time of the sale or buyback.

Daf Yomi

Permission Granted? ‘Lo Yachlifenu B’Shel Acheirim…’ (Temurah 9)

Halacha and…Shaking Hands (Part I)

23 Shevat 5772 – February 15, 2012
Question: Is there any halachic rationale for men to shake hands with women?

A Sweet Sales Agent

"Although a shomer sachar is generally obligated in theft and is expected to watch extra carefully, he can stipulate with the owner for a lower level of responsibility . . . A number of authorities maintain that when the owner was aware of the conditions in which the merchandise would be kept, it is considered as a stipulation that such guardianship suffices."

Obligating Oneself To Perform Mitzvot

16 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
Question: Should a person try to observe mitzvot he is technically exempt from performing?

No Landlords (Arachin 29b)

After its conquest by Joshua, the land of Israel was divided into twelve equal parts in accordance with the number of the tribes of Israel. Each male member of each tribe that actually left Egypt was entitled to a piece of land equal in size to the total size allocated to his whole tribe divided by the number of men of twenty or over in his tribe that left Egypt.

Daf Yomi

Too Little, Too Late? ‘Break Down the Door and Enter…’ (Arachin 31b)

Killing Me Softly (Arachin 15b, 16a; Zevachim 88a)

10 Shevat 5772 – February 2, 2012
A person’s reputation precedes him. A bad reputation prejudices any chance of a successful encounter. Damaging a person’s reputation is tantamount to booby-trapping human relations before they can blossom into happy relationships.

Compromise!

"Fine & Feder Furniture" had been a landmark in the shopping center for decades. The two partners had opened a small store thirty years before and now ran a humongous showroom. Rumors were circulating of a breakup in the partnership, though, due to developing mistrust.

Daf Yomi

Pleading The Fifth ‘…And Minors Are Not Obligated To Fulfill Mitzvos’ (Arachin 22a)

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part V)

9 Shevat 5772 – February 1, 2012
Question: Are there limitations to the mitzvah of chinuch?

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part IV)

3 Shevat 5772 – January 26, 2012
Question: Are there limitations to the mitzvah of chinuch?

You Aren’t What You Make (Arachin 23b)

There are two different types of vows, nedarim, mentioned in the Torah. The first, which is the subject of Tractate Nedarim, is the prohibitive vow, nidrei issur, pursuant to which a person utters a vow not to do an action, which but for the vow would have been permitted.

Daf Yomi

A Burning Question? ‘If Said In The Concerned Person’s Presence It’s Not Evil Speech’ (Arachin 15b)

Pidyon Ha’ben And Tisha B’Av

26 Tevet 5772 – January 20, 2012
Pidyon ha’ben, like brit milah, is primarily the responsibility of the father. A brit milah must be performed on the eighth day of the child’s birth, unless it would endanger the life of the child. Pidyon ha’ben must be performed on the 31st day of the child’s birth. Neither ceremony may be delayed beyond its prescribed time unless there is some halachic justification to do so.

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part III)

Question: Are there limitations to the mitzvah of chinuch?

Bike Theft!

"Yosef, congratulations on your graduation!" said Uncle Sam. "I want to buy you a new bike as a present."

Daf Yomi

When a Dead Ewe Gave Birth to a Live Lamb ‘We Do Not Wait For Her To Give Birth’ (Arachin 7a)

Pidyon Ha’ben (Bechorot 46)

17 Tevet 5772 – January 11, 2012
A son who is not himself a kohen or a Levi, firstborn to a Jewish mother who is not the daughter of a kohen...

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