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One year later and some – Shabbat Ki Tetze – שנה אחרי, שבת “כי תצא” – English & עברית

בימים אלו מלאה שנה מאז שחזרתי לארץ. אני חיה במקום הכי מוכר לי בעולם והכי חדש לי, כל יום, שוב מהתחלה. בהום-סנטר אני בתור. לפני זוג, משלמים, כלומר, בדיונים עם הקופאית. שני גברים ברדיוס הקופה בודקים דברים ליד. כמו משום … Continue reading

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End of Tractate Shabbat, Starting Eruvin

One of my teachers says that the words “a prayer for a poor man” – תפילה לעני which were made into a song and are originally in Psalms 102, are actually a acronym: the “poor-man”, the “a’ni” – ענ”י – … Continue reading

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Tractate Eruvin 11:b-13:b – מסכת עירובין יא:ב-יג:ב

Taste of this week’s daf… from the latter part of the 1st chapter in this tractate: what questions can come up in trying to figure out space? And, are we only talking about creating Shabbat boundaries, or personal ones too? … Continue reading

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Big Picture, I’m fine… בגדול, אני בסדר… The Torah Portion of Shoftim & Rosh Hodesh Elul, English & עברית

“בגדול אנחנו בסדר”, זו התשובה של ימי הקורונה. בגדול, אני בסדר, קרובי בסדר, השכנים בסדר, אני מסתדר, הם מסתדרים, קמנו הבקר, כבר טוב. יש מה לאכול, מוצאים עשיה. אני, בגדול, אין לי תלונות. בגדול. אבל בפרטים, הכל מעורער. בפרטים, אי … Continue reading

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A Gentle Farewell – Rav Adin Steinsaltz z”l- English & עברית

Some have placed him at the same level as Rashi and Ramban of our time because of his ability to bring the Talmud to our homes and souls, even for those who had no yeshiva learning background. Last Friday, the … Continue reading

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The Land of Milk & Yummy – Torah Portion of Ekev

Food and drink are so central in our lives that we hardly give it a second thought. What matters, we tell ourselves, is “doing good”, “being kind”, “tikkun olam” etc etc. And food? It’s just a tool; something we do … Continue reading

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Chicken Soup for Shabbat Nachamu…

As Tish’a Be’Av nears its end, the daily Talmud page brings an encounter of a group of sages from Israel and Babylon who tease each other over their different foods. It’s best to just look at it in the original … Continue reading

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Rereading a famous story: Shabbat before the 9th of Av, 2020

My quiet hometown Haifa recently made the news for renaming one of its streets Umm Kulthum, after one of Egypt’s greatest singers, songwriters, and film actresses, known as “The Voice of Egypt”, “Egypt’s Fourth Pyramid” and Kawkab al-Sharq, the “Star … Continue reading

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Journey or Arrival? Matot-Masei, Rabbi Akiva & Rachel (עברית + English)

Probably the best “Love Story” in the Talmud is that of Rabbi Akiva and Rachel, the daughter of the wealthy Kalba Savua, who asked the poor shepherd to marry her on condition that he would study Torah. The gentle and … Continue reading

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Five Daughters (Pinchas) and upcoming classes

Corona days 2020: an article somewhere states that for some, shul is like a coffee shop, and should have that high of a priority when considering what should be or stay open nowadays. That high? What does that say about … Continue reading

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