Author Archives: Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.

Blog Yomi – Nedarim #37/Daf 38

As we begin on דף ל״ח עמוּד א, we continue with the concept that teachers models themselves after the ultimate Rebbe – מֹשֶׁה רַבֵּינוּ, who taught selflessly without financial compensation. If so, the Gemara asks, how did he become wealthy? … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Nedarim #36/Daf 37

We begin five lines from the bottom of דף ל״ו עמוּד ב, with the Gemara expounding on the last part of the preceding Mishnah which states: וּמְלַמְּדוֹ מִדְרָשׁ הֲלָכוֹת וְאַגָּדוֹת, אֲבָל לֹא יְלַמְּדֶנּוּ מִקְרָא. אֲבָל מְלַמֵּד הוּא אֶת בָּנָיו וְאֶת … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Nedarim #35/Daf 36

We begin today in the middle of the Gemara on דף ל״ו עמוּד א: גּוּפָא, אָמַר רַבִּי יוֹחָנָן: הַכֹּל צְרִיכִין דַּעַת חוּץ מִמְּחוּסַּר כַּפָּרָה, שֶׁהֲרֵי אָדָם מֵבִיא קרְבָּן עַל בָּנָיו וְעַל בְּנוֹתָיו הַקְּטַנִּים. אֶלָּא מֵעַתָּה יָבִיא אָדָם חַטַּאת חֵלֶב עַל … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Nedarim #34/Daf 35

Let’s begin in the middle of דף ל״ה עמוּד א: בְּעָא מִינֵּיהּ רָבָא מֵרַב נַחְמָן: יֵשׁ מְעִילָה בְּקוּנָּמוֹת, אוֹ לָא Rava raised a dilemma before Rav Nacḥman: Is there liability (מְעִילָה) for misuse of consecrated property (הֶקְדֵשׁ) in cases of … Continue reading

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Wrestling With The Angels

I subscribe now to a Facebook feed titled “Jewish Sports Stars”, and the photo above surfaced today along with the caption: “The Heller brothers, Holden at 165 lbs. and Reece at 184 lbs. helped #17 Pitt beat #13 Lehigh.” It’s … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Nedarim #33/Daf 34

Before we begin, with the Gemara elaborating on the second Mishnah of דף ל״ג עמוּד א, a shout out again to Sefaria which is a phenomenal online resource enabling one to streamline the daily daf. The Mishnah which is the … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Nedarim #32/Daf 33

We’re up to דף ל״ב עמוּד ב, and the beginning of the fourth perek in Nedarim. Steinsaltz provides a nice intro, so let’s take a look at his first paragraph: “Many vows are reactions to interpersonal disputes or results of … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Nedarim #31/Daf 32

We’ll be finishing the third perek in Nedarim today, as we begin on דף ל״א עמוּד ב with the Gemara expounding on the significance of בְּרִית מִילָה as identified in the Mishnah: תַּנְיָא, רַבִּי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בֶּן קרְחָה אוֹמֵר: גְּדוֹלָה מִילָה, … Continue reading

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Blog Yomi – Nedarim #30/Daf 31

We begin today with the Mishnah atop דף ל״א עמוּד א, continuing the succession of relatively brief mishnayos and gemaros addressing declarations in the form of נְדָרִים made in the vernacular: הַנּוֹדֵר מִשּׁוֹבְתֵי שַׁבָּת — אָסוּר בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָסוּר בַּכּוּתִים. מֵאוֹכְלֵי … Continue reading

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Sandy Koufax Was A Walk-On At U. of Cincy

A photo just popped up in my Facebook feed this morning of 18 year-old Sandy Koufax in his Cincinnati Bearcats uniform in 1954. You’d be excused for not knowing that Koufax pitched for the Bearcats in 1954 because it was … Continue reading

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