Is The Torah Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

With this new Alabama law which outlaws most kinds of abortions, I have observed that the Orthodox Jewish community is more diverse in their opinions on abortion than I had previously imagined. I have heard many argue that being anti abortion is a Christian thing, and that halacha / Judaism is much more lenient on abortions. I won’t lie, I found this to be very…

Horayos – The Beginning

I was able to do the beginning of the first daf in Horayos. This video and future installments will be slightly more in depth than the previous ones since I’m not under the same pre-Pesach time constraints. In this video we touched upon some interpretations of the מחלוקת אמוראים re: whether a complete instruction (for which בית דין is liable) must consist of “you are…

Horayos 7b – A Deeper Understanding of Abaye and Rava

I felt that a deeper understanding of the מחלוקת between רבא and אביי re: whether the case of the High Priest instructing differently from the Sanhedrin must be in two different places – would be very beneficial – so I started going through an important קרן אורה on the topic. Because this is outside of the scope of our general study of Horayos together, I…

Learning Horayos in Nissan

לעילוי נשמת עקיבה איגר בן אליהו גורדון ז”ל The שדה צופים at the beginning of מסכת הוריות cites two sources that claim that there is was a מנהג in Pressburg from the days of the חתם סופר to learn מסכת הוריות during the days in between ר”ח ניסן and ערב פסח. Ever since my first-born son was born, I have tried בלי נדר to make…

רשימות מסכת כתובות א

Personal notes for Meseches Kesubos. Mostly posted for WP search accessibility. Feel free to comment.  תקנה דרבנן שלא יקיימנה ויהיה כל ימיו באיסור טענת נסחפה שדהו אין אונס בגיטין כל המקדש. כל המקדש אשה על דעת שהנהיגו חכמי ישראל בישראל הוא מקדשה שיהיו קיימין קידושין לפי דברי חכמים ויהיו בטילים לפי דברי חכמים על ידי גיטין שהכשירו חכמים:   ואפקעוה רבנן לקידושין. כשיבא גט כזה אחריהם: רש”י יל”ע…

Throwing Meat to Dogs

In last week’s Parsha, the Torah tells us that one shouldn’t eat an animal that has been killed (by means other than kosher slaughtering). You shall be holy people to Me: you must not eat flesh torn by beasts in the field; you shall cast it to the dogs. Exodus 23:30 (Translation from Sefaria) The simple understanding of most Rishonim is that the part about…

The Way of the Nazir

During the Aseres Yemei Teshuva this year, Rabbi Haber Shlit”a advised me to read the writings of Rav Tzaddok HaCohen, particularly Takanas HaShovin. Generally speaking, I read the Hasidic mystics the way the Rivash advises one read the Kabbalists – even if it’s from a known Mekubal – it’s still only a maybe. As I read through it, some of his ideas stuck, some of them…