Monthly Archives: December 2022

Blog Yomi – Nedarim #65/Daf 66

We begin with the Mishnah on דף ס״ו עמוּד ב, and a practical matter about part/whole relationships, bearing in mind that we’re looking for a פֶּתַח or legal loophole by which someone can extricate himself from a נֶדֶר: פּוֹתְחִין בְּיָמִים … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Nedarim #64/Daf 65

We begin at the top of דף ס״ה עמוּד א: תַּנְיָא: הַמּוּדָּר הֲנָאָה מֵחֲבֵירוֹ אֵין מַתִּירִין לוֹ אֶלָּא בְּפָנָיו. מְנָא הָנֵי מִילֵּי? אָמַר רַב נַחְמָן: דִּכְתִיב: ״וַיֹּאמֶר ה׳ אֶל מֹשֶׁה בְּמִדְיָן לֵךְ שֻׁב מִצְרָיִם כִּי מֵתוּ כל הָאֲנָשִׁים״. אָמַר לוֹ: … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Nedarim #63/Daf 64

We finished the 8th perek of Nedarim yesterday, so it’s a good time to take a look at Steinsaltz for a review. The perek clarified various details with regard to determining times and dates in the context of vows. If … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Nedarim #62/Daf 63

In tribute to the role that the ר״נ serves in explaining the Gemara throughout, I’d like to cite something contained in an independent volume from ArtScroll on his insights. Toward the end of Volume 1 (pages 548-549), he writes that … Continue reading

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Morris Levy and the Book of Revelation

I suspect most of you Boomers have no clue about the origin story behind “Crystal Blue Persuasion by Tommy James and the Shondells. I came across it the other day in a delightful new book by Marc Myers. Before we … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Nedarim #61/Daf 62

Let’s reach back for a moment and reference the previous Mishnah on דף ס״א עמוּד ב: ״עַד הַקָּצִיר״, ״עַד הַבָּצִיר״, ״עַד הַמָּסִיק״ — אֵינוֹ אָסוּר אֶלָּא עַד שֶׁיַּגִּיעַ. זֶה הַכְּלָל: כֹּל שֶׁזְּמַנּוֹ קָבוּעַ, וְאָמַר: ״עַד שֶׁיַּגִּיעַ״ — אָסוּר עַד שֶׁיַּגִּיעַ. … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Nedarim #60/Daf 61

We begin at the bottom of דף ס עמוּד ב, considering the time frame to be inferred from what the maker of the vow or נֶדֶר proclaimed: אָמַר רַב אָשֵׁי, תָּא שְׁמַע: ״קוּנָּם יַיִן שֶׁאֲנִי טוֹעֵם הַשָּׁנָה״, נִתְעַבְּרָה הַשָּׁנָה — … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Nedarim #59/Daf 60

We’re cruising toward the end of the 7th perek as we pick up at the bottom of דף נ״ט עמוּד ב: גּוּפָא, אָמַר רַבִּי חֲנִינָא תִּירְתָּאָה אָמַר רַבִּי יַנַּאי: בָּצָל שֶׁל תְּרוּמָה שֶׁנְּטָעוֹ, וְרַבּוּ גִּידּוּלָיו עַל עִיקָּרוֹ — מוּתָּר. לְמֵימְרָא … Continue reading

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Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

There are many potential meanings to this short nursery rhyme. Here is one: “More likely, the rhyme is about feminine growth of some sort, which is a fundamental, crucial part of human existence. The species is furthered by women, who … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Nedarim #58/Daf 59

We begin at the bottom of דף נ״ח עמוּד ב, continuing with the case of מַעַשֵׂר, and whether or not the ground creates the אִיסוּר (prohibition): הֲרֵי מַעֲשֵׂר, דְּאִיסּוּרוֹ עַל יְדֵי קַרְקַע, וְאֵין בְּטִילָתוֹ עַל יְדֵי קַרְקַע. דְּתַנְיָא: לִיטְרָא מַעֲשֵׂר … Continue reading

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