Monthly Archives: October 2012

Shabbat 28 – The law was transmitted to Moses on Mount Sinai

Today’s daf deals with several aspects of the shape and materials to be used in the manufacture of tephillin (phylacteries). In each case the Talmud informs us that the reason behind these aspects of tephillin eg. black straps is not … Continue reading

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Shabbat 26 – How to handle your in-laws?

When learning today’s daf I realised all I really needed to do was quote the following:- “A mother-in-law who hated her daughter-in-law said to her: Go adorn yourself with balsam oil. She went and adorned herself. When she came, he … Continue reading

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Shabbat 25 – Who is wealthy?

The famous question posed in the Ethics of the Fathers is posed on today’s daf. Who is wealthy? תנו רבנן: איזה עשיר? כל שיש לו נחת רוח בעשרו, דברי רבי מאיר…….. רבי טרפון אומר: כל שיש לו מאה כרמים ומאה … Continue reading

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Shabbat 23 – Kiddush wine or Hanukkah candles. Which takes precedence?

The Talmud says that buying Hanukkah lights takes precedence over buying wine for kiddush, because the Hanukkah lights involve Pirsum Nes, the publicizing of the miracle of Hanukkah. בעי רבא: נר חנוכה וקידוש היום מהו? קידוש היום עדיף – דתדיר, … Continue reading

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Shabbat 23 – When to light Shabbat candles

Today’s daf deals with two interesting and important areas of Jewish Law:- 1. When are we supposed to light Shabbat candles; and 2. If we only have enough money for Kiddush wine or Hanukkah candles which takes precedence? I have … Continue reading

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Shabbat 22 – How the laws of Hanukkah changed?

The last two days of daf yomi provide the first mention of the laws of Hanukkah in the Talmud and cover everything from how many candles to light to where the Hanukkiah should be placed. One of my favourite journals … Continue reading

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Shabbat 21 – The text is incomplete

וחסורי מיחסרא “And it is incomplete” The Koren notes: “The following expression: It is incomplete, is essentially an exegetical tool, i.e. added words to clarify the statements of a mishna or a baraita. It should be readas if the added words … Continue reading

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