Author Archives: Michal Kohane

Brachot 10:a: Songs, Astrology, Berurya & Shlomo Artzi

Prayer and song continue to be among the things on this week’s Talmud reading as well as a good story (Brachot 10:a). We’ll start with this: אָמַר רַבִּי יוֹחָנָן מִשּׁוּם רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן בֶּן יוֹחַי. מַאי דִּכְתִיב, ״פִּיהָ פָּתְחָה בְחָכְמָה וְתוֹרַת … Continue reading

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Taste of Daf: Brachot 6a

Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan 5, 2020 – 8th of Tevet, 5780 – the end of the 13th cycle of daf yomi and immediate beginning of the 14th one, to end on June 7th, 2027. The Jewish world is celebrating, and it … Continue reading

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Joseph, Judah, Leviathan & Siyum HaSha”s – Shabbat Vayigash

After Judah’s speech, when Joseph finally reveals himself, he invites the brothers to come and live with him in plentiful Egypt. Egypt is the center of the world back then and Joseph is highly esteemed there, second only to the … Continue reading

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Seeing is Not Hating… Shabbat Hanukkah & the Torah portion of Miketz

When she was 10 years old, R. accompanied her mom to a doctor’s visit because her little brother, M was not well. Mom was hesitant to make the trip from Tzefat to Tiberias by herself, and what’s more, she needed … Continue reading

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Not buying my boys skirts! The Torah portion of Vayeshev and a taste of Hanukkah

Hanukkah starts this Sunday night with candle lighting, games and oily foods. There a discussion in the Talmud what happens if a hanukiya was lit and happens to get extinguished; does it need to be lit again? That is, is the … Continue reading

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Dina – the Torah portion of Vayishlach

Dina is Jacob and Leah’s daughter, and the 13th child of the bunch. Is that a hint that actually each son had a sister or that she’s the only female among them? Yes. Interestingly, until now, no one had daughters … Continue reading

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Traveling up and down a ladder… the Torah portion of Vayetze

One again, the complex three-way relationship between us, The Land and “outside the Land” come into play in this week’s Torah reading. Jacob runs away Esau, his brother, who was going to kill him for stealing his blessing. But then, … Continue reading

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