Category Archives: General Interest

The Influence of Astrology

This Shabbat, the daf yomi finishes mesekhet Shabbat, which we have been learning for the last 5 months.  I haven’t posted in a good long while, but thought I would use this opportunity of finishing Shabbat to make this post.  … Continue reading

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Shabbat 13b – “Blessed is God Who Killed him”

The Gemara on daf 13, records a story about a woman whose husband learned much Mishna and Torah, and attended to Torah scholars, and yet died “in half his days.”  This distraught women: took his tefillin and carried them about … Continue reading

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Ri’s position on the Time for Nighttime Shema and Ma’ariv

I updated my previous post with an expanded discussion of Ri’s position on the nighttime Shema and ma’ariv and what it teaches us about the nature of the these two mitzvot.  For those who would not otherwise see the revision, … Continue reading

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Jacob Katz, Rabbenu Tam, and the Early Ma’ariv

We now transition from the first half of Berakhot, which deals with Shema and tefillah, to the second half, which deals with berakhot.  It is worth taking a moment to consider a topic that both began and ended this first … Continue reading

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Berakhot 33b: “Your Mercy Extends to the Bird’s Nest” – We Silence Him

In yesterday’s daf (Berakhot 33b) we saw the somewhat shocking opinion that explains that a person who says in prayer: “Your – God’s – mercy extends to the bird’s nest” is silenced because this makes a mitzvah – sending away … Continue reading

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Berakhot 28a – White Casks filled with Black Ashes

In today’s daf, Berakhot 28a, we are treated to an aggadata regarding the ongoing conflicts between Rabban Gamliel, the nasi, or patriarch, and Rabbi Yehoshua, who was clearly his superior in Torah learning.  Rabban Gamliel’s repeated need to silence R. … Continue reading

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New Daf Calendar Import – European Format

A new calendar import for the next cycle of the Daf yomi for Google and Outlook has been added. These files have the dates in European format (dd/mm/yyyy) and can be found on the sidebar of the home page. Bookmark … Continue reading

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Berakhot 7a – He Knew the Moment that God was Angry

From today’s daf (7a): And no one has ever been able to fix precisely this moment [that God is angry] except the wicked Balaam, of whom it is written: He knows the knowledge of the Most High. Now, he did … Continue reading

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Resources for Learning the Daf

For the upcoming Siyum HaShas and Leil Iyyun this Monday night, I have put together a list of helpful resources for those learning the daf.  This list is selective, not comprehensive. Daf Yomi Resources Locate a Daf Yomi in Your … Continue reading

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NYC Community-Wide Siyum haShas and Leil Iyyun – Monday, August 6, 7:00 – 10:15 PM

Join us for a celebration of the 12th Daf Yomi cycle of Talmud study! Monday, August 6th from 7:00 pm to 10:15 pm Congregation ShearithIsrael,8 West 70th St,Manhattan Early Bird: $18 individual/ $36 family.  At the Door: $25 individual/ $50 … Continue reading

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