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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...

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part II)

Question: Are there limitations to the mitzvah of chinuch?

Daf Yomi

Lulav or Shofar on Shabbos ‘It Refers To Tithing In Our Days’ (Bechoros 61a)

Daf Yomi

Lingua Franca ‘The Jordan Is Only From Jericho And Below’ (Bechoros 55a)

Missing Necklace

10 Tevet 5772 – January 4, 2012
"Do you realize that it's Shaindy's 30th birthday in a month?" Sara asked Penina. "It's amazing how time flies!"

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part I)

Question: Are there limits to the mitzvah of chinuch?

Signing On Shabbat

4 Tevet 5772 – December 29, 2011
Question: What should a person do if he brings a relative to the hospital on Shabbat and is asked to sign his name? Can he sign if the hospital will not admit the patient otherwise?

Daf Yomi

An Eventual Resolution ‘May The Likes Of You Increase Manifold In Israel’ (Bechoros 45b)

Mitzvah Shopping

27 Kislev 5772 – December 22, 2011
He must be a very important person to get such an important mitzvah, I heard them say, as Mr. Loewenstein, the local assemblyman, stepped up to recite the Torah blessing before the reading of the Ten Commandments. And Mr. Kleppish was too embarrassed to tell his wife that he only got third galilah on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Chanukah.

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