Monthly Archives: March 2022

Blog Yomi – Yevamos #13

We concluded yesterday’s blog with a major dispute between בֵּית שַׁמַּאי and בֵּית הִלֵל. Our epic Mishnah at the outset of יְבָמוֹת said that, according to בֵּית הִלֵל, any of the 15 women listed falling to a יָבָם who is … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Yevamos #12

After many days, we’ll be finishing the Gemara’s discussion of our first Mishnah. By way of brief review, we’ve been talking about the status of the צָרָה, or the rival wife of a widow whose husband died childless and has … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Yevamos #11 – Part 2

We finished the preceding post (Blog Yomi – Yevamos #11) with a discussion about an אַיְלוֹנִית, a woman who is infertile. It is such an important concept in the context of our Gemara that if you haven’t read it yet … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Yevamos #11

We begin today’s Daf with the first wide line toward the bottom of דף יא עמוּד ב with another יִבּוּם question: אָמַר רַבִּי חִיָּיא בַּר אַבָּא, רַבִּי יוֹחָנָן בָּעֵי: הַמַּחְזִיר גְּרוּשָׁתוֹ מִשֶּׁנִּיסֵּת, צָרָתָהּ מַהוּ Here is the scenario. An individual, … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Yevamos #10

There’s a marvelous new book by Oded Gallor, an Israeli economist at Brown University, titled The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality. In it he asks us to imagine residents of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, being transported … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Yevamos #9

There is no doubt that the complexity of Yevamos can be daunting. With that in mind, Rabbi Stern decked out in his Volozhin T-shirt and colorful kipah for Purim, begins today with his customary review of the prior day’s Daf … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Yevamos #8

If you’re looking for פּוּרִים תּוֹרָה on this day of the חַג, you’ve come to the wrong place. But if you’re craving a bit of it, you can visit today’s Talmudology entry which features a speed animation video of Ray … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Yevamos #7

“Aloha” is the ubiquitous greeting in Hawaii and “Aleha” (עָלֶיהָ) seems to have become the ubiquitous greeting in the Daf these days. The opening review on any given day for what seems like it has been endless days, though it’s … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Yevamos #6

We’re going to begin today’s Daf on the bottom of דף ו עמוּד ב shortly, but before we do that I wanted to share with you a link from Talmudology.com. As a reminder, Talmudology is the brainchild of Jeremy Brown, … Continue reading

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When Chelm is No Laughing Matter

Through many years of Jewish folklore, the ancient town of Chelm has borne the brunt of buffoonery. There is even considerable mythology about how the folklore of Chelm came to be in the first place. From the YIVO encyclopedia entry … Continue reading

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