They were taught that a congregation can only pray for relief from one disaster. Which one should they pray for G-d to stop: the plague or the famine?
How do we defeat a yetzer hara that has the power to make us believe that aveiros are really missions of righteousness?
If it was beyond Moshe Rabbeinu’s comprehension, it is certainly beyond ours. We do know, though, that the passing of a tzadik, lo alenu, sometimes serves as atonement for many other people.
Rashi, quoting the midrash, takes the discussion in another direction by noting that “asher” doubles as an allusion to “ashrei,” meaning happy, praiseworthy, or fortunate.
Now is not the time to be talking disparagingly about Torah leaders, roshei yeshiva, and rabbanim.
We feel so fragile and minute, as the entire world is sent into literally a total state of panic and frenzy.
The media has succeeded in whipping us into a frenzy. I heard someone suggest humorously that we should quarantine the media for 14 days.
While Shabbat is in theory emblematic of tranquility, it often does not translate well into practice.
Those who don’t own smartphones, in contrast, are mostly living their lives normally and are surprised at the alarm and fright on others’ faces. They say, “It’s just like the flu, right? What’s all the hype?”
Regardless of which approach we take, it is evident that there is an inherent value in magnifying and glorifying physical beauty as it relates to deeply sacred rituals.
We live in a society where people gauge success by the number of possessions, but we need to realize that flaunting our successes puts us in grave danger.
Why was it so important for Moshe to enter the Land? Certainly he had accomplished so much during his lifetime for the Jewish people!
Even the greatest sage, who has amassed encyclopedic knowledge and can plumb the depths of Talmudic analysis, is still called a student.
Why should someone who curses a parent be punished more severely than one who hits a parent?
Daf Yomi is not about looking back; it’s about looking forward. There’s plenty of exciting terrain and exhilarating fulfillment ahead.
The Sanhedrin tended to be a group of like-minded individuals who were in charge of making very important decisions in high-stress situations, many of which had life and death consequences.
Rashi states that the fire was a sign that G-d would be with the Jewish people even in hard times when they were slaves in Egypt.
This theory can be both empowering and (interpreted as) anxiety-provoking, as it makes each of us responsible for our own emotions.
In Egypt, we were forced to do all the 39 labors that we abstain from doing on Shabbos. And that’s why Shabbos commemorates the Exodus, as stated in the Ten Commandments.
Learn with your own Gemara so that you can write notes in it. Your Shas will become an important heirloom in the future if you do so.
When people change and “fake” their body posture from reflecting being closed off and timid to an open, power posture (think a Superman pose), they feel more confident and are more willing to act courageously.
If the shiur has a set time – for example, 40 minutes before Shacharis or 45 minutes before Maariv – it’s imperative for you to keep your questions to a minimum.
While the Midrash does not state explicitly what caused this anger, perhaps they were upset that they had been promised redemption but nothing subsequently changed.
I remember learning the daf in the emergency room of Maimonides Hospital as I stayed with a choleh. The daf followed me as I flew on planes and when I went on vacation.
Just as Aharon had no envy toward his brother, Moshe, so Moshe had no resentment about the job given to Aharon.
When everyone else was a bystander, Moshe takes action and defends the Ivri.
Rav Shimshon Pincus informs us that for every blatt we make an attempt to study, we will be allowed to master it in the yeshiva shel maalah.
Instead of focusing on the trauma, he should have realized that Hashem saved him from Esav and Lavan, and returned Dinah and Yosef.
We wish to express our desire to achieve closeness with Hashem as we approach Him to ask for our daily needs and requests.
The act of lighting the menorah is an expression of gratitude.