Bava Batra 14: Make it Beautiful

February 20, 2017 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Thoughts from the Daf
Every once in a while one comes across a Talmudic story that makes one shake one’s head in disbelief. As we discussed in our last post, the Talmudic discussion regarding the division of property segues into one of how to divide he scrolls of Tanach, and from there to a discussion of the writing of a sefer Torah. The Torah places great importance in aesthetics. We will soon be reading the parshiot of the Mishkan and if nothing else, it is...
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Yitro: I Love My In-Laws

February 17, 2017 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Parsha Thoughts: Rabbi Jay Kelman
“Moses went to greet his father-in-law, bowing down low and kissing him” (Shemot 18:7). Unfortunately, relations between children- and theri in-laws are not always so rosy and are often marred by jealousy, power struggles and outright animosity. One need look no further than the eternal king of Israel, Dovid Hamelech, and his troubles with his own father-in-law, Shaul. In fact, the Talmud tells us that even in a case of...
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Bava Batra 13: Splitting Up

February 15, 2017 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Parsha Thoughts: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  The opening Mishna of Bava Batra teaches that in the interest of privacy, one neighbour can force the other to build a wall dividing their common property. However, not everything is fit to be divided. The Mishna (Bava Batra 11a) lists the various minimum areas needed to force a division of property so that each will have enough room to effectively use the divided space. For a courtyard, the minimum area needed for each is four square...
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Bava Batra 13: Splitting Up

February 15, 2017 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Thoughts from the Daf
The opening Mishna of Bava Batra teaches that in the interest of privacy, one neighbour can force the other to build a wall dividing their common property. However, not everything is fit to be divided. The Mishna (Bava Batra 11a) lists the various minimum areas needed to force a division of property so that each will have enough room to effectively use the divided space. For a courtyard, the minimum area needed for each is four square ...
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Bava Batra 10: Put it in Writing

February 12, 2017 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Thoughts from the Daf
Visiting Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin as Torah in Motion “Journeyed through Jewish History”, sitting in the beautifully rebuilt, but tragically empty, Beit Midrash, I read the schedule that Rav Meir Shapiro, the founder of the Yeshiva – and the originator of the idea for Daf Yomi – set for the students. That some (if I recall correctly) ninety minutes a day were devoted to Daf Yomi comes as no surprise – though I doubt...
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