Eiruvin 53a: A Great Speaker

May 12, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
As is well known, our tradition places great importance on proper speech. While we generally view this as a moral imperative -- avoiding unnecessary negative comments about others, gossip, and slander -- it is also a necessary ingredient for proficiency in Torah study. "Rav Yehuda said in the name of Rav: The people of Yehuda[1] who were careful with their speech, the Torah was sustained in their hands; the people of Galil who were...
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Eiruvin 46b: Ignoring the Rules

May 06, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
While the basis of Jewish law (and much more) is to be found in the Talmud, the Talmud, in and of itself, is not a very good text for determining Jewish law. The legal analysis, the range of views, the tendency to move from one topic to another, and the fact that any given topic may be discussed in a variety of places makes reaching a conclusion on any particular issue a difficult task. As the Talmud is focused on the process of law, it can...
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Eiruvin 43a: Too Busy for Mashiach

May 03, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One of the educational goals of the Sages--especially as the exile wore on--was was to instill a belief in the coming of the Mashiach. They did so by the use of such terms as, "it shall be put aside until Eliyahu comes", used in unresolvable monetary disputes; or Teiku, which literally means that the issue shall stand [unanswered], becoming an acronym for Tishbi yetaretz kushiot vbaayot...
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Eiruvin 41b: The Face of Gehenom

May 01, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
We have often discussed the terrible tragedy of poverty. Without changing that perspective, there does appear to be at least somewhat of a silver lining in living a life under the strain of financial duress. "Three do not see the face of Gehenom and these are they; [one suffering from] exacting poverty, intestinal disease and hareshut". Tosafot quotes two opinions as to the meaning of hareshut...
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Eiruvin 41b: Going Out of Your Mind

April 29, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Poverty is a terrible curse, one that has been the unfortunate lot of many Jews over the years. While we are blessed to live in the wealthiest generation in all of Jewish history, having enough money is a concern of many Jews around the world. Whether this is due to the almost unbearable burden of day school tuition, to the lack of skills for gainful employment, or to a host of other factors, for many, it is the prayer for sustenance with which...
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