Parshas Re’eh: Mourning and Self Flagellation

בנים אתם לה’ אלהיכם לא תתגדדו ולא תשימו קרחה בין עיניכם למת “You are children of the Lord, your God. You shall neither cut yourselves nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead” Deuteronomy 14:1 The concept of cutting oneself as an act of mourning is very foreign to the sensibilities of us modern-day westerners, but is surprisingly common among many unrelated pagan…

Sourdough Project: Day Three

Today is day three of our sourdough project. We think that maybe tomorrow the starter / שאור will be ready to make bread with. We’ve noticed that the starter has as strong vinegary smell – but that it just smells vinegary, it doesn’t smell like it is rotting 😉 Yosef was taking a nap so he didn’t join us today, hopefully he’ll be awake for…

Next Choshen Mishpat Shiur / Recap of Last Shiur

On Tuesday, כ”ו אדר ב’ תשע”ו / April 5th 2016 there will אי”ה be a special shiur dealing with Choshen Mishpat issues related to Pesach. Last Shiur we covered some Choshen Mishpat issues relating to Purim such as: The limitations to the רמ”א’s ruling that one is exempt from paying for damages that occurred due to שמחת פורים. We also looked at some examples of…

שיעור חושן משפט Choshen Mishpat Shiur

לע”נ משה נח בן שלמה הכהן ז”ל לע”נ אברהם בן אשר ז”ל Tomorrow in רחובות at 8 pm their will אי”ה  be a special שיעור dealing with ענינא דיומא – various פורים related שאלות in חושן משפט (and yes — it will include, but will not be limited to, the well known רמ”א about damages that occur in a drunken state on פורים.)

Understanding the עונת אביאסף (Part III)

This was going to be the last segment of our שובבי”ם series about the עונת אביאסף, however, in the process of writing it became apparent to the author that it needed to be broken up into smaller pieces. It is written assuming that the reader is familiar with the two previous segments. Segment One. Segment Two. We left off last time having explained why the…

Recap of the Last Two Shiurim

Next Shiur אי”ה will be Tuesday March 8th, 8 pm @ Beit Chatam, Aharon Shkolnik St 1,  Rehovot. Over the past two שיעורים we discussed the איסורים of לא תחמוד (not coveting the property of others) and לא תתאוה (not desiring the property of others). We also started סימן שנ”ו about תקנת השוק. We discussed various opinions as to when this prohibition applies מדאורייתא: whether it’s…

Topics for Next חושן משפט שיעור

The recap of the last two שיעורים  will come soon. For next week’s שיעור  we will finish off לא תחמוד/ לא תתאוה in סימן שנ”ט. Then we will אי”ה start תקנת השוק in סימן שנ”ו.

Understanding the עונת אביאסף (Part II)

In our last segment: We introduced the concept of an “עונה” – the duration of a יום הוסת. We saw seen that the עונה is defined as either a night or a day. We noted that the גמרא says the עונה of the night ends (and the עונה of the day starts) at נץ החמה (sunrise) – despite the fact that generally speaking the halachic…