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…

Extending Google Sheets : Update

I’ve been sick with really bad strep throat since Shabbos and haven’t really been able to do much – but I have been able to make lots of progress on my Google Sheets app. Now I can pick my pace – it will make a schedule for me and sync it with my Google calendar. Cool beans! I hope to explain in detail when I’m…

דער פאלטאווער עילוי

Rabbi Yoel Shurin – the Poltava Illui – was a talmid of the Netziv and the Rosh Yeshiva of yeshivas Ohr Torah. I found this article about the Poltaver Illui in the Yiddishe Licht. And here in the publication Beis Yaakov. Also, a קשה he asked in בבא קמא is brought in אבן האזל. Some historical documentation here, here and here. I have previously posted about…

Misplaced Loyalties: Part IV

Correction: Previously, I had written that the Ohr HaChaim was a 15th Century commentator. He is a seventeenth century commentator. (I subtracted instead of added to the 1600s.) Let’s examine some of the more salient points of the Ramban we mentioned in the last post here. The Ramban claims that the verse in Deuteronomy 17:11 about not straying from the words of the Sages, implies…

Misplaced Loyalties Part III – The Radical Views of Nachmanides

Let’s just come right out and say it! In addressing this conflict between the Sifrei and the Talmud – which says that one could err in his understanding of the commandment to listen to the Sages – we are focusing on something profound. This commandment, to heed the words of the Sages, is different than most commandments. This is not a question of how to…