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Berakhot

Berakhot 52

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 24, 2020 | כ״ט בשבט תש״פ

The gemara explains the reasons for the debates between Beit Shamai and Beit Hillel regarding customs at meals and at kiddush and havdala.

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Berakhot 53

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 25, 2020 | ל׳ בשבט תש״פ

The gemara discusses the candle and spices for havdala. One can’t use a candle from a non-Jew because it needs to be a candle that was not lit on Shabbat. The candle needs to be one that is used for light, not oone used for cooking or heating. One can only light on spices that…

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Berakhot 54

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 26, 2020 | א׳ באדר תש״פ

Today’s shiur is dedicated for a refuah shleima for Miriam Rifka bat Leah and Yitzchak Zev. The mishna lists blessings that are recited on particular things – if one passes a place where a miracle happened or mountains, the Mediterranean Sea, etc. It also lists blessings on natural and other occurences like thunder, lightening, earthquakes,…

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Berakhot 55

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 27, 2020 | ב׳ באדר תש״פ

Today’s shiur is sponsored by David and Eve Farber in honor of Olivia and Dov’s birthdays. What things should one spent a lot of time on? Why? The gemara proceeds to list all differnt types of things – three things that cut short one’s life, three things that require mercy from God, three things that…

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Berakhot 56

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 28, 2020 | ג׳ באדר תש״פ

The gemara continues to discuss dreams and the power of the interpreter to affect the outcome of the dream. Bar Hedya would intepret dreams positively to those who paid him and negatively to those who didn’t. Abaye and Rava saw the same dreams but because Abaye paid and Rava didn’t, he interpreted Abaye’s positively and…

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Berakhot 57

By Michelle Cohen Farber / February 29, 2020 | ד׳ באדר תש״פ

Today’s daf is sponsored by Sivya Twersky in memory of her father HaRav Pesach Zecharia HaLevi ben HaRav Reuven and Leah z”l and in honor of his granddaughter Shoshana Baker of who he would be very proud.  The gemara lists all sorts of items that one may see in a dream and explains the meaning.…

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Berakhot 58

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 1, 2020 | ה׳ באדר תש״פ

The gemara discusses all sorts of blessings that one says, for example, on seeing many Jewish people at once, a king, a smart person, even if they are not Jewish. The gemara tells a story of Rav Sheshet who was blind and was still able to tell when the king was coming and made a…

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Berakhot 59

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 2, 2020 | ו׳ באדר תש״פ

Today’s shiur is sponsored by Erica Kolatch in memory of the 4th yahrtzeit of her mother, the Honorable Justice Constance R. Glube z”l.  What causes earthqakes to happen? Lightening? Thunder? What blessing do we say on them? On what type of wind do we say a blessing? What do we do/say when we see a…

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Berakhot 60

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 3, 2020 | ז׳ באדר תש״פ

Today’s shiur is sponsored by Shlomit Metz-Poolat in memory of her father HaRav Moshe Meiri Ben Tzvi Hirsch haLevi. May his neshama have an aliyah. His favorite masechet was Berakhot. And in honor of his granddaughter Joely Metz of whom he was so proud and who is currently serving in the IDF as a combat…

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Berakhot 61

By Michelle Cohen Farber / March 4, 2020 | ח׳ באדר תש״פ

Today’s daf is sponsored by the Tannenbaum family in memory of Miriam’s father, Mr. Jack Zemsky who championed womens learning – לעילוי נשמת יעקב יצחק בן משה נחום הלוי ז”ל. Everything that happens is for the good. What does one derive from the word “vayitzer” and God created – why does it have 2 yuds?…

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