Monthly Archives: August 2012

Brachot 30 – Time to be jolly?

And so we finish another chapter of the Talmud… WHEN IS THE TIME TO BE JOLLY? The Gemara relates that when Rebbi Yirmeyah looked too happy, Rebbi Zeira tried to somber him by mentioning the virtues of melancholy. This “simple” … Continue reading

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Brachot 29

Before turning to today’s daf I cannot help note the connection between the Gemara at the end of 28b and Osteopathy! The Talmud wants to ascertain why the Rabbis instituted 18 blessings in the daily prayer, the amida or Eighteen Blessings as it … Continue reading

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Brachot 28

One of the most fascinating pages of the Talmud. This daf  deals with the overthrow of Rabban Gamliel, the head of the bet midrash, and the appointment of R’ Elazar ben Azaria in his place. Famously from the Haggadah the new head of … Continue reading

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Brachot 27

The beginning of the 4th chapter of Masechet Brachot deals with the reason the Rabbis instituted fixed times for prayer and when the correct time to pray (the Amida) is. 3 fascinating laws are contained in the following piece from today’s … Continue reading

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Brachot 26

And so we come to the end of the 3rd chapter and start the 4th chapter of Masechet Brachot. The 4th chapter is one of my personal favourites but more of that soon. In the Koren Summary of Perek III … Continue reading

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Brachot 25

Hours in the park and swimming with the kids…a perfect bank holiday. Now it is time to turn to today’s daf. Much of today’s daf deals with the halachot relating to saying Shema in the presence of a foul smell. … Continue reading

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Brachot 24 and a short book review

Today’s daf has so many fascinating Halachot that I found it very hard to choose which idea to share. It is the first source in Shas to talk about respect for holy objects and ideas surrounding the issue of modesty. … Continue reading

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