Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Best of All Possible Worlds?

Daf 60. Summary. We recite Shehecheyanu over new clothes, but there is a dispute over whether it is recited over the purchase of a similar garment shortly following the original purchase. Is this dispute recorded to highlight R’Meir’s leniency or R’Yehuda’s … Continue reading

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The Cost of Bread

Daf 57. Summary. The gemara continues to present the meaning of signs commonly encountered in dreams, including dreams that depict the dreamer in prayer and intimate acts. For example, “One who cohabits with a married woman in a dream is … Continue reading

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Friday’s Gems (58a-58b) – ezl

Some of what I learned today: – it is good to bless the multitudes (each and every one is a reflection of HaShem) – I’d like to be more like Ben Zoma who is grateful for the efforts of others – While Rav said “a sigh breaks half a person’s body”, … Continue reading

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Three Dapim (55a-55b; 56a-56b; and 57a-57b) – from ezl

Hi Neil – You and I are in a dance. You’ve posted about 55 and 56 and I will do that now and also write about 57 (today’s)  as well….here goes! – best not to have any expectations regarding our prayers … and in any case to always rely … Continue reading

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In Dreams

Daf 54. Summary. Perek 9. Mishnah. Here are the blessings one should recite upon seeing a place where “miracles were performed on behalf of the Jewish people,” upon seeing beauty in nature (“but only when he sees it after an … Continue reading

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On One Foot (54a-54b)

And you shall love HaShem with all your heart … with the yetzer ha’tov and the yetzer ha’rah. And whatever measure HaShem metes out to you, whether it be good or bad, you are to thank HaShem. It is all here in … Continue reading

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Do you see the flame? (53a-53b)

A New Mishnah?  Resting flames, Radiant moons. Shouting ‘health’ in the study hall! Burning incense, hungry lions. Retrieving one’s purse from the top of the mountain. Writing the word “dove” on the page and seeing it fly away.   These are notes from this daf. These notes are … Continue reading

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