If Goats Had Wheels ‘The Goats Ate Husked Barley’ (Bava Basra 36a)
Life Before The Printed Word ‘A Revi’is Of Blood’ (Yevamos 114a-b)
Question: When performing a mitzvah, what is more important: doing it right away – “zerizim” – or doing it with a large crowd – “berov am”?
If chametz became mixed with non-chametz on Pesach, the mixture is prohibited on Pesach even if the ratio of the permitted non‑chametz to the forbidden chametz is 1,000 to 1.
Question: Is there special significance to the blessing Yaakov gave his grandsons?
"Maybe," acknowledged Benny. "But I didn't do anything wrong. I rode the bike in the normal manner, and this accident occurred."
In addition to Yom Kippur, there is at least one other instance when a person may fast on Shabbat – the case of a ta’anit chalom, in which a person wishes to fast to prevent an ominous dream from becoming reality.
After davening on Hoshana Rabbah, Mr. Hadar fondly packed away his esrog. "Maybe I'll fill it with cloves and use it for spices at Havdalah," he thought. "Or maybe I'll make jelly out of it."
Ball And Bat Substitutes 'Cut Palm Branches' (Shabbos 50a)
The Talmud (Gittin 61a) states: “We bury dead gentiles along with dead Jews because of the ways of peace (darchei shalom)."
If both sets of witnesses have withstood the rigor of the court’s cross examination, why, one might ask, does the beit din believe the evidence of the second set of witnesses more than the first?
So I can't testify without raising the issue of Mr. Gold's disqualification? asked Mr. Hyman.
The Recanted Testimony ‘A Solitary Witness Said To Him’ (Kiddushin 65b)
Hatzalah And Other First Responders ‘Your Life Takes Precedence …’ (Bava Metzia 62a)
Final And Proper Honors ‘In A Grave Not His Own?’ (Baba Basra 112b)
Question: What is the purpose of reciting korbanot in the morning?
Out On A Limb ‘One May Reset A Fracture’ (Shabbos 148a)
All persons accused of murder were confined to the cities of refuge during their trial in the Sanhedrin.
Ancient Cities, Ancient Walls (Megillah 3b-4a)
Priorities ‘According To Their Wisdom And Their Age’ (Bava Basra 120a)
The two thought the request was unfair, especially since Reuven later got someone else to pay him $10, so they went to Rabbi Dayan to get his opinion.
What is true for getting out of our geographical bubble is equally if not more true for breaking through our religious bubble. We live under artificial labels and tend to limit our religious exposure to those who think, practice and observe just like us. When we pigeonhole ourselves we deprive ourselves from taking the best of what different Torah groups and cultures have to offer.
Within His Grasp ‘Title…Is Established In Three Years’ (Bava Basra 28a)
Spoiled Rotten? ‘A Loaf Went Moldy And…Unfit For Human Consumption’ (Pesachim 45b)
How important is it to be informed about political and world affairs? Or is it important? Should the average frum Jew read the newspaper (or a news website) every day?
Yosef, Gad and Benjy headed down to the dining hall in their high school. As they walked along the corridor they noticed a new vending machine had been installed. The three admired the machine, and eyed its beckoning display of treats.
David ordered a bus. He divided the cost among the fifty friends and wrote on the sign that each person would have to pay $32.
A Matter Of Priority ‘Lands Shown By Hashem To Moses Are Subject To Tithes’ (Bava Basra 56a)
Question: What is unique about Modern Orthodoxy?
Last week Am Yisrael suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Maran HaRav Ovadia Yosef, zt"l. The greatest tribute we can give to such an outstanding talmid chacham is to repeat and share his Torah. The following article is based on a responsa of his in Yabia Omer (vol. II, C.M. #7). May this learning be l'iluy nishmaso.