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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Eiruvin 36b: My Teacher, My Friend

April 26, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The Daf Yomi thought is dedicated by the family of Dr. Solomon Burack, ob"m in observance of his Yahrzeit.  May his memory be for a blessing.   It is well accepted that enacting laws retroactively is most unfair, potentially throwing into chaos that which was done under past laws. However, an action we take today often sheds light on something we did yesterday. While an eiruv techumim...
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Eiruvin 31a: Home Sweet Home

April 24, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Both an eiruv techumim, which allows one to walk an additional 2,000 cubits (approximately 1 kilometre) outside of the city limits, and an eiruv chatzerot, which allows us to carry on Shabbat, require the placement of food in a designated spot. The food must be edible, a requirement that would exclude tevel[1], food from which tithes (terumah and ma'ase...
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Eiruvin 32a: Time to Sin

April 21, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
At times, what seems like a very technical debate on some (even no longer relevant) aspect of Jewish law is, in reality, part of much larger and more fundamental debate about a key aspect of Jewish thought. Part and parcel of the laws of kashrut is the obligation to tithe our produce. Our sages teach that failure to do so makes one susceptible to "death at the hands of heaven"-making it a more serious violation of...
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