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Sanhedrin 101

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 25, 2017 | ה׳ במרחשוון תשע״ח

What verses in ben Sira are we permitted to learn?  Can one sing verses from Shir HaShirim in a tune other than the taamei hamikra?   What about from other books?  What is “someone who uses incantations” that according to the mishna will not get a part in the world to come?  Are there ways to do…

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Sanhedrin 102

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 26, 2017 | ו׳ במרחשוון תשע״ח

Details of Yeravam and Achav are brought to explain why they have no portion in the World to Come.  Despite the fact that they did terrible things, the rabbis also highlight that they did good things in their lives, particularly as it related to talmud torah or talmidei chachamim.

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Sanhedrin 103

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 27, 2017 | ז׳ במרחשוון תשע״ח

Why didn’t Menashe have a portion in the World to Come?  Some think that Menashe did get a potrtion in the World to Come because according to Chronicles, he repented.  Why are other bad kings not on this list of those who have no portion in the World to Come?  Some think that they are on…

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Sanhedrin 105

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 29, 2017 | ט׳ במרחשוון תשע״ח

Some say that all 7 people mentioned in the mishna do receive a portion in the World to Come.  A verse is brought that is explained in a way that the Jews in the time leading up to the destruction thought that they had a winning answer to counter God and his prophets when they told the…

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Sanhedrin 106

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 30, 2017 | י׳ במרחשוון תשע״ח

The gemara continues to analyze Bilam’s words about the Jewish people and then how he advises Balak to entice them with women in order to get them killed, when he realizes that cursing them is impossible.  The next charachter mentioned in the mishna is Doeg HaEdomi.  His character is discussed.  According to the gemara, he…

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Sanhedrin 107

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 31, 2017 | י״א במרחשוון תשע״ח

In connection with Achitofel, the gemara diverts to the story of David and Batsheva is analyzed – why was David tested in this way and why did he fail the test?  What was the reaction of those around him?  And how did he get forgiveness from God?  How in the end was it made obvious to…

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Sanhedrin 108

By Michelle Cohen Farber / November 1, 2017 | י״ב במרחשוון תשע״ח

The mishna describes groups of people who do not have a share in the World to Come, like the generation of the flood, migdal bavel and the people of Sedom.   The gemara discusses in depth details relating to the flood and the building of the ark.

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Sanhedrin 109

By Michelle Cohen Farber / November 2, 2017 | י״ג במרחשוון תשע״ח

What did the generation of those who built the Tower of Bavel trying to do?  What were the acts of Sodom?  What made them do it?  Most of the things they did fall into 2 categories – not treating guests properly and perverting justice.  There is a debate about Korach and his followers – whether…

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Sanhedrin 110

By Michelle Cohen Farber / November 3, 2017 | י״ד במרחשוון תשע״ח

Korach’s wife convinced him to rebel against Moshe according to the story described in the gemara and Korach even tried to argue with her but she convinced him anyway.  It is a matter of debate whether Korach was swallowed up and burned with the others.  However it is clear from the Torah that his sons did…

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Sanhedrin 112

By Michelle Cohen Farber / November 5, 2017 | ט״ז במרחשוון תשע״ח

The gemara discusses details about an “ir hanidachat”, a city who the majority of its inhabitants turn to idol worship.

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