Killing For The Right Reasons: Meseches Zevachim

We’re starting Seder Kodshim in daf yomi beginning with Zevachim. So before I write anything I should first preface that this is my first time through Kodshim – so it’s entirely possible that I’ll say stuff that will be demonstrably wrong on the next page, but I figure I may as well write down my impressions as I go. The mishna starts off saying that…

Horayos: Even The Sadducees Admit

So I have some opinions about this that I don’t have time to write about / fully flesh out, so I’ll just mention some questions and comments. The Talmud says: אמר רב יהודה אמר שמואל אין ב”ד חייבין עד שיורו בדבר שאין הצדוקין מודין בו אבל בדבר שהצדוקין מודין בו פטורין מאי טעמא זיל קרי בי רב הוא Rav Yehuda said that Shmuel said –…

Hebrew Calendar / Sefira Page w/ The Hebcal API

Happy Passover all! I recently discovered Hebcal, a free Jewish Calendar API. I was stuck at home with some kind of allergy/ asthma thing, so I spent some time today playing w/ it here. For now it only shows the candle lighting times here in Bet Shemesh, so next I’ll set it up to check the users location and set it to that. For now,…

G-d, Man and The Temple – Part One

This post, while relevent to Sukkos, will also introduce some key concepts in Shaare Ora Receive Updates About Shaare Ora Podcast and Related Posts Genesis 1:27 ויברא אלהים את האדם בצלמו בצלם אלהים ברא אתו זכר ונקבה ברא אתם And God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Talmud Bavli, Berachot 33a א”ר…

Nitzavim VaYelech: Writing Your Own Song

ועתה כתבו לכם את השירה הזאת ולמדה את בני ישראל שימה בפיהם למען תהיה לי השירה הזאת לעד בבני ישראל Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach thou it the children of Israel; put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for Me against the children of Israel. Deuteronomy 31: 19 The last commandment of the Torah is…

Coming Soon: The Gates of Light – A Podcast Series on Shaarei Orah.

At Dew of Your Youth we’re excited to announce a new podcast series coming up! The series will be a study of the classical 14 century Kabbalistic masterpiece, the Shaare Orah (שערי אורה), written by the renown Spanish Kabbalistic, Rabbi Yosef Gikatilla. In Shaare Orah, Rabbi Yosef Gikatilla enumerates and lucidly explains various names of G-d as they pertain to the ten sefirot and each…

I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim (Ki Tetzei)

לא-יבוא ממזר בקהל ה A bastard shall not come into the Congregation of the L-rd –Deuteronomy 23:3 I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling -Frida Kahlo Let’s discuss the shunned bastard. That mongrel who, through no apparent fault of his own, is forever doomed to carry the burden…

Superstitions and Divinations (Part III)

This is the third part of a series on the topic of תמים תהיה. So far we have noticed an apparent contradiction between the prohibitions of the prohibitions mentioned in Parshas Shoftim and Sanhedrin, and the seeming widespread superstitious behaviour sanctioned in the Talmud. We saw that the מהרש”א differentiated between optimistic superstition and pessimistic superstition, but then we saw two clearly pessimistic cases. Let’s…