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Taanit 16

By Michelle Cohen Farber / November 28, 2021 | ื›ืดื“ ื‘ื›ืกืœื• ืชืฉืคืดื‘

Why is the Ark taken out to the streets? Several answers are given. Why are ashes placed on the heads of the leaders and on the heads of the people? If there is no elder, who makes the speech to encourage people to repent? Does an elder mean someone who is also a scholar? The…

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Taanit 17

By Michelle Cohen Farber / November 29, 2021 | ื›ืดื” ื‘ื›ืกืœื• ืชืฉืคืดื‘

This weekโ€™s daf is sponsored by Rivka and Martin Himmel for the week of Chanuka.ย  Todayโ€™s daf is sponsored by Carol Robinson and Arthur Gould in loving memory of Carolโ€™s father Louis Robinson, Yehuda Leib ben Moshe, zโ€l. โ€œToday โ€“ the first day of Hanukah โ€“ we mark his 22nd yahrtzeit. Lou was devoted to…

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Taanit 18

By Michelle Cohen Farber / November 30, 2021 | ื›ืดื• ื‘ื›ืกืœื• ืชืฉืคืดื‘

A number of aspects regarding the days mentioned in Megillat Taanit in the month of Nissan need clarification. Why is there an overlap of days? Regarding the debate in the Mishna about whether the days before or after are also days on which one cannot fast, who do we hold like? Different opinions are brought.…

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Taanit 19

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 1, 2021 | ื›ืดื– ื‘ื›ืกืœื• ืชืฉืคืดื‘

If a calamity befalls a city or rain doesn’t fall, does the nearby city also need to fast and blow the shofar? On what does it depend? When is something considered a plague on account of which fasting is needed – how many deaths in how many days? For what types of calamities can the…

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Taanit 20

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 2, 2021 | ื›ืดื— ื‘ื›ืกืœื• ืชืฉืคืดื‘

Todayโ€™s daf is sponsored by Deborah Aschheim Weiss in loving memory of Sara Yehudit Sharf (Sara Yehudit bat Sarah Imanu) on the Shloshim. โ€œYou inspired many with your commitment. You chose the Jewish Nation as your people, Hebrew as your language, and the land of Israel and Yerushalayim as your home, studying intensely along the…

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Taanit 21

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 3, 2021 | ื›ืดื˜ ื‘ื›ืกืœื• ืชืฉืคืดื‘

Rabbi Yochanan and Ilfa struggled with trying to learn in the Beit Midrash and also make a living. Ilfa chose to leave the Beit Midrash and get a job and Rabbi Yochanan, after overhearing a conversation among angels, decided to stay in the Beit Midrash. When Ilfa returned to the Beit Midrash, Rabbi Yochanan has…

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Taanit 22 – Shabbat December 4

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 4, 2021 | ืœืณ ื‘ื›ืกืœื• ืชืฉืคืดื‘

This is the daf for Shabbat. For Friday’s daf, click here. Abaye is jealous of Abba the bloodletter and sends messengers to test him and see if he is really as good a person as he seems. Rava was jealous of Abaye as he heard from the yeshiva in the heavens once a week and…

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Taanit 23

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 5, 2021 | ืืณ ื‘ื˜ื‘ืช ืชืฉืคืดื‘

This monthโ€™s learning is sponsored by the Minneapolis Hadran group in memory of the father of their organizer Shira Krebs. โ€œShiraโ€™s father Jerry Katz, Gershon Pinya ben Yitzchak Lev haCohen zโ€l, loved learning and family beyond all else. He raised three daughters and a son to be dedicated to Torah learning, And his legacy lives…

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Taanit 24

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 6, 2021 | ื‘ืณ ื‘ื˜ื‘ืช ืชืฉืคืดื‘

Today’s daf is sponsored by Earl Norman in honor of his wife Tamara Norman. “To my wife who is the embodiment of eishet chayyil.” Todayโ€™s daf is also sponsored by Gabrielle and Daniel Altman in honor of the 85th birthday of their father and grandfather, Hon. Herbert Altman.ย  Stories are told of Rabbi Yosi from…

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Taanit 25

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 7, 2021 | ื’ืณ ื‘ื˜ื‘ืช ืชืฉืคืดื‘

Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa was so poor that his wife would pretend that they had food. A story is brought to highlight this. One day she pushes Rabbi Chanina to pray to end their poverty but when their prayers are answered, they realize there is a price to pay and they request from God to…

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