Monthly Archives: August 2012

Daf-a-doodle-do (30a-30b)

I have no one to hold my donkey ...

… so I will sit and prayer here … directing my Heart to HaShem.

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“Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.”

–William Blake Daf 30. Summary. The traveler’s prayer should be said with the congregation (not alone). When reciting Amida stand facing Jerusalem. A blind person should focus his heart. There are directions for how to stand when praying in various places– … Continue reading

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And the beat goes on ….(29a-29b)

The setting here is the Shemoneh Esrei prayer … the prayer that has 18 blessings, or 19 blessings, or 7 blessings …depending on the day and depending on what and how you count. It is also called the Amida (“standing … Continue reading

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The Peril of Confusion; The Peril of Clarity

Daf 29. Summary. Why don’t they remove Shmuel HaKatan when he forgets the “blessing of the heretics”? Does a righteous one ever become wicked? Does Shmuel? “Yohanan the High Priest served in the High Priesthood for 80 years and ultimately … Continue reading

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Inside the Academy

Daf 28. Summary. Rabban Elazar ben Azarya consults his wife on whether he should accept the appointment as Nasi. She has some concerns: one, that he has no white hair. Immediately, his hair turns white, although he is only 18 … Continue reading

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T (27a-27b & 28a-28b)

Chevre – It is inevitable that there will be some days when I will need to double up in the course of this seven-and-half year commitment. Today is one of them.  What gets my attention is both the flexibility and … Continue reading

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When A Mistake Can Be Reversed

Daf 27. Summary. When Rav Yehuda says that a prayer may be said until, does he mean until and not including, in which case the Sages do not agree with him, or does he mean until and including, in which case the Sages may … Continue reading

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