Daily Torah Tweets 101-150

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                                      Tuesday / 16-May-17 / 20 Iyar 5777                                  #150
#ParshaYomi #BeharBehukotai 3: House in walled city can be sold forever. Not in unwalled city. Mitzva to lend to Jew. Can’t charge interest.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 4:7 Pre-Shabat on road, sees tree & says “I will rest for Shabat at its trunk,” can walk up to 2000 Amot + 2000 Amot.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 114: Man about to die gave gift, until when retracts? Rabah: as long as parties seated. R’ Yosef: as long as discussing.
#RambamYomi #Malve 2:7 Can’t lend money even to Torah scholar without witnesses unless received collateral. Better to have promissory note.
#HalachaYomi OC 165:1 Used toilet & wants to eat bread, wash 2x. If washed x1, say Asher Yatzar, then dry hands while say Netilat Yadaim.
#EmunaYomi 108: R’ Natan: If would always believe in God & that all for best & give thanks & praise to Him for good & bad – get redemption.

 

                         Monday / 15-May-17 / 19 Iyar 5777                                  #149
#ParshaYomi #BeharBehukotai 2: Keep Sabbatical yr, will receive blessing in 6th yr of 3 yrs crop. Land not sold permanently. Belongs to God.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 4:4 R’ Meir: Sat on road pre-Shabat, on Shabat realized nearby town, can’t enter. R’ Yehuda: Can enter; R’ Tarfon did.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 113: R’ Avahu: A husband inherits what is Muchzak (owned) by wife, not what is Ra’uy (destined) for wife.
#RambamYomi #Malve 1:1 Command to lend money to poor among Israel. Greater than charity. Torah warns severely against not lending to poor.
#HalachaYomi OC 163:2 If feeding others, don’t need Netilat Yadaim, but if being fed, do need, even if not touching bread w/ hands.
#EmunaYomi 107: With Emuna we rejoice rather than succumb to despair/depression. When we’re happy, our brains operate much more efficiently.

 

                                 Sunday / 14-May-17 / 18 Iyar 5777                                  #148
#ParshaYomi #BeharBehukotai 1: Shmita, Sabbatical yr, don’t work land, produce ownerless. Yovel, Jubilee yr, land returns to original owner.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 4:3 If leave the Techum (area permitted to walk) on Shabbat to save lives, allowed to return to their place on Shabbat.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 112: R’ Yishmael needs 2 verses to prove his points: 1. Husband inherits from wife; 2. Son inherits from mother.
#RambamYomi #Fikadon 8:1 Watching animal or object; lost or stolen; says “I’ll pay;” thief discovered; watcher gets payment from thief.
#HalachaYomi OC 162:10 Has wound w/bandage on hand, do Netilat Yadaim on uncovered areas, or pour > Reviit of water over entire hand.
#EmunaYomi 106: When brain no longer understands how God is doing everything for best, Emuna begins. Emuna kicks in when brain kicks out.

 

                            Shabbat / 13-May-17 / 17 Iyar 5777                                  #147
#ParshaYomi #Emor 7: Laws of olive oil for lighting Menora; loaves for table of Showbread. Story of Blasphemer, God decrees stone to death.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 4:1 Hostiles or fit of insanity take person outside Techum (area beyond can’t walk on Shabat), after, can’t go > 4 Amot.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 111: Son has precedence over daughter to inherit from their father & from their mother. A husband inherits from wife.
#RambamYomi #Fikadon 7:3 Watchman: don’t deal w/ article (unless told to), even if value deteriorating, as owner may want to deal himself.
#HalachaYomi OC 162:8 If pour Reviit water in 1 shot on hand, hand pure & avoids pitfalls of pouring < Reviit where hands remain impure.
#EmunaYomi 105: Understanding situation for the best isn’t Emuna that all is for the best. Spiritually, comprehension is lower than Emuna.

 

Friday / 12-May-17 / 16 Iyar 5777                                  #146
#ParshaYomi #Emor 6: More Holy Days: Sukot: sit in Booths, take 4 species: Etrog, Lulav, Hadas, Arava. No work day 1 & 8, Shmini Atzeret.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 3:8 R’ Yehuda: can conditionally tithe produce 1st day Rosh Hashana & eat 2nd; egg laid on 1st can eat 2nd. Sages: no.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 110: Yonatan b Gershom b Menashe later renamed Shevuel b Gershom b Moshe. He repented & returned to God (Shevu-El).
#RambamYomi #Fikadon 6:1 Watchman’s oath: took correct care, what happened, article not w/ him, didn’t use article for self before event.
#HalachaYomi OC 162:5 Can wash 2 hands @ same time (someone else pours). Many hands together, next to, or on top can be washed. Like 1 hand.
#EmunaYomi 104: Belief that EVERYTHING is for the best doesn’t mean ALMOST everything. Can’t say “everything is for the best, except this.”

 

                                   Thursday / 11-May-17 / 15 Iyar 5777                                  #145
#ParshaYomi #Emor 5: More Holy Days: Rosh Hashana, remembrance of Shofar; Yom Kipur, day of atonement, afflict selves – if didn’t, cut off.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 3:5 Can make conditional Eruv: if hostiles come from east, Eruv will extend to west; if come from west, extends to east.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 109: Micha’s idolatry: Priest was Yonatan b Gershom b Menashe. Moshe’s grandson, but attributed to Menashe, an idolater.
#RambamYomi #Fikadon 5:3 Left article or fruit w/ watcher. Thieves stole in his presence. If he was quiet, didn’t call out for help, liable.
#HalachaYomi OC 161:4 Netilat Yadaim water must be poured on hand until wrist. Some say until joint of fingers to palm. Follow 1st opinion.
#EmunaYomi 103: Requirement: Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law) Orach Chaim 230:5: Each of us must believe that all God does is for best.

 

                                        Wednesday / 10-May-17 / 14 Iyar 5777                                  #144
#ParshaYomi #Emor 4: List of Holy Days: Shabat; Pesah, sacrifices, 1st & 7th day, don’t work; Ritual of Omer; count to Shavuot, sacrifices.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 3:3 Put food for Eruv in tree above 10 Tefah high, doesn’t work; below, ok. Put in pit, even 100 Amot deep, ok.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 108: Relatives inherit from & bequeath to each other. Some inherit but don’t bequeath. Some bequeath but don’t inherit.
#RambamYomi #Fikadon 4:3 Unpaid watchman put object in inappropriate place: stolen, lost or destroyed. Negligent & must make restitution.
#HalachaYomi OC 161:1 Netilat Yadaim: Can’t have anything between skin & water: dirt or dough under fingernails, on skin, dried mud, etc.
#EmunaYomi 102: Intermediate-level Emuna not separate from basic-level Emuna. Stronger cognizance that EVERYTHING comes from God & for best.

 

                                 Tuesday / 9-May-17 / 13 Iyar 5777                                  #143
#ParshaYomi #Emor 3: List of blemishes that disqualify animals from being sacrifices in Temple. Includes permanent & temporary blemishes.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 3:1 All food except water & salt can be: set aside to establish Eruv & bought w/ Maaser Sheni money to eat in Jerusalem.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 107: 3 appraisers, 3 values, use avg. R’ Eliezer b R’ Tzadok: avg of 2 lowest values. Others: (high – low)/3 + low.
#RambamYomi #Fikadon 3:1 Borrows cow, owner sends with son, agent or servant, & cow dies before arriving at borrower, borrower not liable.
#HalachaYomi OC 160:14 Netilat Yadaim utensil must hold > Reviit (~3 oz.) in 1 place. If washed 2x w/ utensil w/ 1/2 that volume, no good.
#EmunaYomi 101: Our faith, our Emuna, gives us the strength to cope and to function at our best under any situation.

 

                                           Monday / 8-May-17 / 12 Iyar 5777                                  #142
#ParshaYomi #Emor 2: Kohen: w/ physical defect can’t serve in Temple. Needs to be ritually pure. Non-Kohen can’t eat from Temple offerings.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 2:5 Debate between: R’ Yehuda b Baba, R’ Yehuda, R’ Akiva, R’ Eliezer, R’ Yosi as to size & conditions of area for Eruv.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 106: Sold stated area within borders, but area turned out to be less. If < 1/6, sale ok. If > 1/6, deducts from price.
#RambamYomi #Fikadon 2:1 Borrowed article or animal, if it’s stolen or lost but the lender is with him, borrower is not liable for damages.
#HalachaYomi OC 160:11 Water that used for Netilat Yadaim & unclear if was previously used, or if sufficient, or if impure; hands are pure.
#EmunaYomi 100: In midst of difficult tribulation, can’t SEE how predicament for our own good, but with Emuna can BELIEVE that for own good.

 

                                       Sunday / 7-May-17 / 11 Iyar 5777                                  #141
#ParshaYomi #Emor 1: Kohen: no contact w/ dead except immediate family. Don’t cut beard (w/ razor). Limits of who Kohen Gadol can marry.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 2:4 R’ Yehuda b Baba: Only make Pasin for public cistern, but for all others have to make full partition 10 Tefah high.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 105: Rental agreement: 12 dinars/year, 1 dinar/month & became leap year (13 months), renter pays 1/2 of added month.
#RambamYomi #Fikadon 1:1 Borrowed utensils or animal, lost or stolen, even if beyond his control, must make restitution; unless normal use.
#HalachaYomi OC 160:9 Salty, smelly or bitter water that dog wouldn’t drink from, can’t use for Netilat Yadaim, even though good for Mikva.
#EmunaYomi 99: Only God knows optimum tailored path that’s perfect for each of us. At times we see purpose of suffering, other times, don’t.

 

                                            Shabbat / 6-May-17 / 10 Iyar 5777                                  #140
#ParshaYomi #AchareiKedoshim 7: Death sentence: cursing parents, forbidden sex relations, bestiality. Don’t eat unclean animals or birds.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 2:1 Pasin: L-shaped quasi-partitions, allow drawing well water in public domain. Makes well & area single domain.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 104: Discussions as to discrepancies in sale of field, price, size, when field needs to be returned & how much returned.
#RambamYomi #Sechirut 13:7 Employee warned not to steal work of employer by neglecting his work slightly here & there, wasting work time.
#HalachaYomi OC 160:4 Water that chickens drank from or that dogs lapped. Some say can’t use for Netilat Yadaim, but not correct. Can use.
#EmunaYomi 98: At other times, we never become privy to God’s considerations for putting us through a certain trying & rigorous situation.

 

                                          Friday / 5-May-17 / 9 Iyar 5777                                  #139
#ParshaYomi #AchareiKedoshim 6: Love the stranger. Keep true weights & measures. Don’t sacrifice children to Molech or turn to Ov or Yidoni.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 1:10 Rabbis: Can make Eruv using reeds, but can’t be spaced more than 3 Tefach apart. R’ Yehuda: only true for caravans.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 103: Discussions as to how & if rocks & ditches are included in sale of field: location, size, density, distribution.
#RambamYomi #Sechirut 12:14 Slave can’t say his minor kids won’t eat from produce of master’s field that they’re harvesting. Given by God.
#HalachaYomi OC 160:1 Water: appearance changed: on its own, or something fell in, or due to location; disqualified for Netilat Yadaim.
#EmunaYomi 97: Mortals can’t see all variables God takes into account. Often, we see in retrospect how a bad situation turned out for best.

 

                                        Thursday / 4-May-17 / 8 Iyar 5777                                  #138
#ParshaYomi #AchareiKedoshim 5: Judge honestly; rebuke; love neighbor as self. Don’t: gossip; hate; take revenge; bear grudge; crossbreed.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 1:8 Can carry within encircled camp of caravans & animal tack if > 10 Tefach high & gaps < walls. Gaps < 10 Amot.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 102: Vineyard w/ < 4 cubits between vines. R’ Shimon: Not a vineyard; people don’t plant to uproot. Rabbis: Is vineyard.
#RambamYomi #Sechirut 11:2 Withholding worker’s wages like murder. Violates 5 commands: pay on time; don’t oppress, steal, hold, delay wage.
#HalachaYomi OC 159:18 Did Netilat Yadaim by pouring water over 1 hand & immersing 2nd hand (in proper place), hands are ritually pure.
#EmunaYomi 96: Intermediate-level Emuna is the belief that everything God does is for the very best, even though it may appear otherwise.

 

                    Wednesday / 3-May-17 / 7 Iyar 5777                                  #137
#ParshaYomi #AchareiKedoshim 4: Be holy. Fear parents. Keep Shabat. No idols. Leave field corner to poor, dropped produce. Don’t steal, lie.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 1:6 Lechi (column to form Tsurat Hapetach) must be at least 10 Tefach tall; the width & thickness can be anything.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 101: Burial cave: interior size > 4 amot x 6 amot. Kuch (place for coffin): 4 amot long, 7 tefach high, 6 tefach wide.
#RambamYomi #Sechirut 10:3 Craftsman is paid watchman of customer’s article, until says “finished job, take it,” then unpaid watchman.
#HalachaYomi OC 159:17 When doing Netilat Yadaim by river, don’t scoop with 1 hand and pour over other, as it’s neither Netila or immersion.
#EmunaYomi 95: “God is good to all, merciful.” Can’t say that believe in God while complaining about lot in life; contradiction in terms.

 

                                     Tuesday / 2-May-17 / 6 Iyar 5777                                  #136
#ParshaYomi #AchareiKedoshim 3: Don’t offer sacrifices outside Temple. Don’t consume blood. Punishment of Karet. List of illicit relations.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 1:3 Crossbeam must be wide enough to hold an Ariach (half brick); a Tefach wide so can hold Ariach sideways.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 100: No limit to road for a king; breaches fences to make path for himself. No limit to road for funeral; honor of dead.
#RambamYomi #Sechirut 9:1 Can’t force workers to come early & stay late if not local custom. Must follow local customs, like providing food.
#HalachaYomi OC 159:13 When performing Netilat Yadayim, must have intention that the of washing of hands is in preparation for eating.
#EmunaYomi 94: Failure is a true test of Emuna. Have to acknowledge that our mistakes, bad decisions or any other setbacks are God’s will.

 

                                          Monday / 1-May-17 / 5 Iyar 5777                                  #135
#ParshaYomi #AchareiKedoshim 2: More laws of Yom Kipur. Day of affliction. Atonement. No labor. Can’t offer sacrifices outside Temple.
#MishnaYomi #Eruvin 1:1 Mavoy: alleyway of courtyards. If wider than 10 amot, part of public domain. Tsurat Hapetach: 2 columns & crossbar.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 99: R’ Levi: Tradition from our ancestors: the Ark & the Cherubs didn’t occupy any space at all in the Holy of Holies.
#RambamYomi #Sechirut 8:14 Planting field in crop-sharing deal: worker changed crop, must still pay what agreed even if poor production.
#HalachaYomi OC 159:11 All are eligible to pour water on hands for Netilat Yadaim: deaf, fool, minor, idol-worshiper & menstruating woman.
#EmunaYomi 93: If don’t accept setbacks lovingly, as arrogant as those who take pride in their successes. Attribute fate to themselves.

 

                                  Sunday / 30-Apr-17 / 4 Iyar 5777                                  #134
#ParshaYomi #AchareiKedoshim 1: Kohen Gadol’s Yom Kipur Temple procedure. Sacrifices, bathing, change of garb, scapegoat killed in desert.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 24:5 Can annul vows & consult sage about vows related to Shabat needs. In some cases can stop up window, measure & tie.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 98: Lowliest: man who lives in in-laws home; worse, guest who invites other guests; worse, speaks before other finished.
#RambamYomi #Sechirut 7:1 Can make any stipulation when renting just like when sell. Renting is merely selling for a limited amount of time.
#HalachaYomi OC 159:8 Netilat Yadaim: Put hands in utensil w/ water connected to the ground, doesn’t work; disconnected, some say, maybe.
#EmunaYomi 92: God knows what is best for us. We should accept our failures lovingly and with Emuna, just as we accept our successes.

 

                                   Shabbat / 29-Apr-17 / 3 Iyar 5777                                  #133
#ParshaYomi #TazriaMetzora 7: Laws of ritual purity for man after seminal emission & menstruating woman. Guidelines & purification process.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 24:3 Don’t stuff or force feed camel, calves, but can put food in their mouths. Can pour water into bran for chickens.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 97: R’ Zutra b Tuvia: We don’t make Kiddush except with wine that is fit to be used as a libation upon the altar.
#RambamYomi #Sechirut 6:3 Landlord must provide doors; fix windows, roof, beams; make bolt, lock & other basic needs that require craftsman.
#HalachaYomi OC 159:5 A utensil that can’t contain liquid without fingers covering holes can still be used for washing hands.
#EmunaYomi 91: Our successes are a result of God’s intervention in our lives, & likewise our failures are the result of God’s intervention.

 

                                  Friday / 28-Apr-17 / 2 Iyar 5777                                  #132
#ParshaYomi #TazriaMetzora 6: Laws of Tzaraat of house: clear, inspect, close, take stones, demolish or cleanse w/ sacrifice. Laws of Zav.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 23:5 Don’t close eyes of corpse on Shabat, or on weekday if still expiring. Closed eyes of dying person like shed blood.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 96: Rav: Barrel of wine spoiled: within 3 days, sale invalid. Shmuel: Sale valid, cause is buyer’s bad Mazel (fortune).
#RambamYomi #Sechirut 5:1 Rents donkey to ride or carry glass items; if dies, owner gives new donkey; if not, returns fee minus what rode.
#HalachaYomi OC 159:1 Washing hands for bread must be done w/ utensil that holds at least Reviit of water. If utensil has orifice, invalid.
#EmunaYomi 90: Before making a mistake, a person has free choice not to make a mistake. But after the fact, must believe that God willed it.

 

                             Thursday / 27-Apr-17 / 1 Iyar 5777                                  #131
#ParshaYomi #TazriaMetzora 5: If recovered from Tzaraat & poor, brings less expensive sacrifice: lamb, flour, oil, 2 birds & same procedure.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 23:3 On Shabat can’t hire or tell other to hire worker. Can’t wait at boundary for Shabat to end to hire or get produce.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 95: If the Onaah (over- or undercharging) is less than 1/6, sale valid. If more, sale void. If exactly, Onaah returned.
#RambamYomi #Sechirut 4:6 Rented ship, loaded 1/30th above cargo limit, sank, must pay owner for value of the ship. Same for cargo animals.
#HalachaYomi OC 158:12 Must dry hands well after washing & before eating bread, for whoever eats w/o drying is as if eating impure bread.
#EmunaYomi 89: Complete Emuna enhances a person’s chances to be saved from any peril. A breach in Emuna is the gravest danger of all.

 

                         Wednesday / 26-Apr-17 / 30 Nisan 5777                                  #130
#ParshaYomi #TazriaMetzora 4: Tzaraat on clothing: burn. Ritual after person w/ Tzaraat clean: sacrifices, sprinkle blood, shave hair, bath.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 23:1 Can borrow jars of wine or oil from friend, but don’t say “lend to me.” Same w/ woman borrowing loaves from friend.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 94: Buyer must accept Rova of legumes per Seah of wheat; Rova straw/Seah barley; Rova dirt/Seah lentils. ~3% impurities.
#RambamYomi #Sechirut 3:1 Watchman says item broke/died & not his fault, if place where people present, brings witnesses & cleared of fault.
#HalachaYomi OC 158:9 Be careful to wash hands for bread. Those who disparage it merit exclusion, come to poverty & are uprooted from world.
#EmunaYomi 88: R’ Nathan of Breslov explains that God designed the universe in such a way that prayer can effect a change in nature. 

 

                 Tuesday / 25-Apr-17 / 29 Nisan 5777                                  #129
#ParshaYomi #TazriaMetzora 3: If person has Tzaraat, clothing torn, head unshorn & calls out: “Unclean! Unclean!” Tzaraat laws of garments.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 22:5 Bathed in cave, used towel to dry self, can’t carry in hand (lest squeeze water out). Washed face, hands, feet, ok.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 93: Liable: grinder didn’t soak wheat 1st; baker makes crumbly bread; butcher invalid slaughter. Must compensate buyer.
#RambamYomi #Sechirut 2:1 3 laws of 4 watchmen applies to unconsecrated movable property of Jews. Excludes land, slaves & promissory notes.
#HalachaYomi OC 158:5 If wash hands (that aren’t dirty) to eat fruit, considered arrogant. Same for grilled meat & dishes cooked from wheat.
#EmunaYomi 87: The intellect tries to grasp “rationale” straws that lead to sorrow, anger & frustration, which cause depression & despair.

 

                                        Monday / 24-Apr-17 / 28 Nisan 5777                                  #128
#ParshaYomi #TazriaMetzora 2: More Tzaraat laws: depends on coloring of skin, hair, location, depth. Wait 7 days, then Kohen examines again.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 22:4 Fell into water, walk w/ wet garb w/o worry that drying it. At home, can spread it out in sun, but not in public.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 92: Rav: Seller sold an ox & it was found to be a gorer, the sale is considered a mistaken sale & is void (Mekach Taut).
#RambamYomi #Sechirut 1:1 Unpaid watchman takes oath blameless. Borrower makes restitution. Watchman/renter make restitution of lost/stolen.
#HalachaYomi OC 158:1 When eats bread that bless Hamotzi must wash hands, even if doesn’t know them to be impure & says Al Netilat Yadaim.
#EmunaYomi 86: Law of spirituality: Any situation of tension, stress, or sorrow is none other than a test of faith. Need Emuna to overcome.

 

                                      Sunday / 23-Apr-17 / 27 Nisan 5777                                  #127
#ParshaYomi #TazriaMetzora 1: Ritual purity laws for woman after childbirth. Laws of Tzaraat, skin condition, & when considered pure or not.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 22:1 R’ Yehuda: Juice that leaks out of fruits meant for eating, permitted; but if from fruit meant for beverages, no.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 91: Elimelech, Mahlon & Kilyon (from Ruth) were the leaders & benefactors of generation. Punished for leaving Israel.
#RambamYomi #Avadim 9:1 If a Jewish man has relations with a non-Jewish slave, child born of the union has the status of a non-Jewish slave.
#HalachaYomi OC 156:1 After Torah study, go work. Any Torah study w/o work will be nullified & cause sin. But work shouldn’t be primary.
#EmunaYomi 85: God is on the scene, the cause behind all events, to create certain situations – personal messages for our ultimate benefit.

 

                                         Shabbat / 22-Apr-17 / 26 Nisan 5777                                  #126
#ParshaYomi #Shmini 7: Laws ritual impurity: carcass; inside of clay vessel; water on food; liquid in vessel; ovens. Cistern remains pure.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 21:2 If there is a coin on a pillow on Shabat one can shake the pillow so that the coin will fall off.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 90: It’s prohibited to hoard life-essential products, such as wine, oil and flour, to sell later at a higher price.
#RambamYomi #Avadim 8:9 If slave asks master to move to Israel, the master must move with him or sell the slave to someone going to Israel.
#HalachaYomi OC 155:1 After synagogue, go to study hall, set fixed time to learn & don’t move it, even if think will gain much $ if does.
#EmunaYomi 84: Anyone or anything that influences our lives, for better or for worse, is merely God’s messenger & an agent of Divine will.

 

                                          Friday / 21-Apr-17 / 25 Nisan 5777                                  #125
#ParshaYomi #Shmini 6: Kosher laws. OK: animals w/ cloven hoof, chew cud; fish w/ fins/scales; locust types. Can’t: list of birds; insects.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 20:5 Can release clothing press of individual on Shabat, but not tighten it. If belongs to launderer can’t touch at all.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 89: Place where normally sell even measure, don’t sell heaping measure & vice-versa; even if says will adjust the price.
#RambamYomi #Avadim 7:1 Wording of bill of release of slave must be clear, that completely severs the connection between slave & his master.
#HalachaYomi OC 154:11 Wax candles of idolaters that were extinguished & given or sold to Jews are prohibited to be lit in the synagogue.
#EmunaYomi 83: Rule of thumb to apply in daily life: anytime something happens that upsets us, we should let Emuna precede our intellect.

 

                             Thursday / 20-Apr-17 / 24 Nisan 5777                                  #124
#ParshaYomi #Shmini 5: Moshe angry w/ Aaron’s sons, they burnt sin offering & didn’t eat it as ordered. Aaron explains why. Moshe accepts.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 20:3 Can’t sift straw in sieve or put in high place so chaff will blow off. Can put straw in sieve & then put in manger.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 88: Sages: Borrowing without permission is like stealing. Must return to owner (& not just return to where took from).
#RambamYomi #Avadim 6:1 Master wrote to 3rd party & gave bill of release of slave to 3rd party, slave is free, even if didn’t get document.
#HalachaYomi OC 154:8 The Ark of the Torah & other articles used for the Torah, can be used for other things if condition made beforehand.
#EmunaYomi 82: Everything that happens to us spiritually, materially, accidental, intended, no matter who or what the catalyst, is from God.

 

                                           Wednesday / 19-Apr-17 / 23 Nisan 5777                                  #123
#ParshaYomi #Shmini 4: Moshe orders Aaron & surviving sons to eat from meal offering, wave & eat thigh & breast of peace offering (Shlamim).
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 20:1 Sages: Can’t put wine sediment into strainer & suspend it over a vessel on Shabat, but can do so during a festival.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 87: Can’t pay discounted wage before start of work; discount looks like charging interest. Once started working, fine.
#RambamYomi #Avadim 5:5 Tips of limbs that won’t regenerate: 10 fingers & 10 toes, ears, nose, male organ, woman’s breasts. Eyes & teeth.
#HalachaYomi OC 154:5 A Torah scroll that has worn out is placed in a clay utensil & buried in the grave of a Torah scholar.
#EmunaYomi 81: 3 levels of Emuna: Basic, belief that all is from God; Intermediate, everything is for best; Upper, for specific purpose.

 

                                Tuesday / 18-Apr-17 / 22 Nisan 5777                                  #122
#ParshaYomi #Shmini 3: God’s fire consumes Aaron’s sacrifice. Nation praises, fall on face. Nadav & Avihu offer strange fire, killed by God.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 19:5 Don’t circumcise child born at dusk on 8th day if falls on Shabat or Holiday. If will be ill, wait until recovers.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 86: Buyer brought seller’s workers w/ fruit into his house, if didn’t set price AND measure fruit, either can retract.
#RambamYomi #Avadim 4:16 Whenever a person declares a condition against what is written in the Torah, his condition is nullified.
#HalachaYomi OC 154:3 Items that service holy objects must be put in Geniza: case for scroll/Torah/mezuza; tfilin straps; ark curtain.
#EmunaYomi 80: Each of us must search for tzadik (righteous) of true spiritual stature to help find way to apply Torah to our daily lives.

 

                                Monday / 17-Apr-17 / 21 Nisan 5777                                  #121
#ParshaYomi #Shmini 2: Aaron burns meal offering. Sacrifices nation’s ox, ram (Shlamim); raises hands, blesses nation. Glory of God appears.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 19:3 Can bath an infant on Shabat before & after its brit mila. R’ Elazar b Azarya: only on the 3rd day after the brit.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 85: Buyer’s utensil acquires whatever is placed in it wherever he’s allowed to place the utensil (not in public domain).
#RambamYomi #Avadim 3:8 Hebrew servant that is a Kohen can’t have ear pierced, as considered blemish that disqualifies from Temple service.
#HalachaYomi OC 154:1 Houses or courtyards that are used occasionally for prayer (not regularly) don’t have any holiness attached to them.
#EmunaYomi 79: Unbroken chain of righteous extends from Moses until today. They help us understand Torah, commandments, individual purpose.

 

                              Sunday / 16-Apr-17 / 20 Nisan 5777                                  #120
#ParshaYomi #Shmini 1: Day 8 of consecration of Tabernacle by Moses, Aaron & sons. Aaron sacrifices Chatat & Olah for self, more for Nation.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 19:1 R’ Akiva: Melaha that could have been done before Shabat doesn’t override Shabat if needed (i.e. for a Brit Mila).
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 84: Sun is white, but red morning & evening. Rays pass through roses of Gan Eden in AM & through entry of Gehinom in PM.
#RambamYomi #Avadim 2:2 Servant sold by court serves 6 years from day sold. Works on Sabbatical year, but released on Jubilee year.
#HalachaYomi OC 153:20 A Torah scroll that is established to be of the ancestors of a certain person, the community can’t take hold of it.
#EmunaYomi 78: Instead of turning to God for all needs, they put their hopes in futile man, become easily worried, upset, quarrel w/ others.

 

                                  Shabbat / 15-Apr-17 / 19 Nisan 5777                                  #119
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 18:2 R’ Yehuda: Woman can pull along her child, but only if he can walk a bit. If drags feet, prohibited to pull him.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 83: Sold head of large animal, legs not included; legs, head not included; lung, liver not included; liver, no lung.
#RambamYomi #Avadim 1:1 “Hebrew servant” only thief w/o funds sold by court or impoverished man (doesn’t have clothing) sold self willingly.
#HalachaYomi OC 153:15 Can’t prohibit anyone from his part of the synagogue or of the books, & if he does, it’s meaningless.
#EmunaYomi 77: Unfortunately, if a person learns Torah without striving for Emuna, then the power of Torah becomes lethal and damaging.

 

                            Friday / 14-Apr-17 / 18 Nisan 5777                                  #118
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 17:8 R’ Yosi: lids of cisterns can be moved only if have handles, all other vessels can move lid w/ or w/o handles.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 82: R’ Hiya b Aba: Bought 3 trees, acquires land. Includes under & between trees & area around for harvester & basket.
#RambamYomi #Sheluhim 10:5 “Be careful with this law (of oaths partners take about losses), masters of instruction have erred with it.”
#HalachaYomi OC 153:13 Money raised for building a synagogue, even if already bought material, can be used to redeem captives.
#EmunaYomi 76: True Torah observers deal honestly; help others, rejoice when they’re happy; live worthy fulfilled lives, make world better.

 

                                              Thursday / 13-Apr-17 / 17 Nisan 5777                                  #117
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 17:7 R’ Eliezer: can block window w/ shutter if fastened & hanging on window, but not if loose. Sages: fine either way.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 81: Bought 2 trees, doesn’t acquire land w/ it. Bought 3, does & owns whatever grows from stump & roots & can replant.
#RambamYomi #Sheluhim 9:1 Even if no specific claim, partners, sharecroppers, legal guardians, family, all take oath: didn’t take anything.
#HalachaYomi OC 153:9 If people of a village sell synagogue, buyer can use property as wishes except as bathhouse, tannery or toilet.
#EmunaYomi 75: Torah: God’s manual for welfare of our body & spirit, shows us how to be happy, respect our fellow man & raise our children.

 

                           Wednesday / 12-Apr-17 / 16 Nisan 5777                                  #116
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 17:4 R’ Yosi: All utensils can be moved Shabat for their use & not for their use, except large saw & plowshare’s blade.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 80: Bought tree in order to cut it down, must cut a handbreadth above ground in order to allow the tree to grow again.
#RambamYomi #Sheluhim 8:1 Gave eggs to farmer for chickens to sit on eggs, hatch & raise chicks, must pay him wage even if splitting profit.
#HalachaYomi OC 153:6 A synagogue & other holy items, even a Torah, can be sold in order to support Torah scholars or to marry off orphans.
#EmunaYomi 74: A life of Torah is like a smooth ride in a new car when the owner fulfills all the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

                                       Tuesday / 11-Apr-17 / 15 Nisan 5777                                  #115
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 17:2 On Shabbat can use hammer to crack nuts, hatchet to chop dried figs, saw to cut cheese, spade to sweep dried figs.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 79: R’ Yehuda: whoever separates from Torah is consumed by fire. R’ Dimi: whoever separates from Torah falls to Gehinom.
#RambamYomi #Sheluhim 7:2 If investment agreement initially loses money & then profits, only split money by calculating total.
#HalachaYomi OC 153:3 If raised money to build a synagogue or a study hall can only change use of money to something of greater holiness.
#EmunaYomi 73: Without Torah, the world is a heartless hothouse of strife, hatred, slander, theft, revenge, cruelty, adultery & injustice.

 

                                   Monday / 10-Apr-17 / 14 Nisan 5777                                  #114
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 16:8 If a gentile lit a candle on Shabat, a Jew can benefit from it, unless the gentile lit it purposely for the Jew.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 78: Calculation of the World: calculating the cost of doing a Mitzva vs the reward; the gain of sin vs what will lose.
#RambamYomi #Sheluhim 6:1 If only one partner working, called Esek, investment agreement, as opposed to partnership, & has different laws.
#HalachaYomi OC 152:1 A synagogue can’t be demolished until its replacement has been built. If structure bad, demolish & build new one fast.
#EmunaYomi 72: Life is a labyrinth of utter chaos in the absence of Torah, where confused people live lives of folly and fantasy.

 

                            Sunday / 9-Apr-17 / 13 Nisan 5777                                  #113
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 16:6 If gentile wants to put out fire on Shabat, don’t say “put out” or “don’t put out” – not responsible for his rest.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 77: Sold wagon, didn’t include mules; mules, didn’t include wagon; yoke, didn’t include oxen; oxen, didn’t include yoke.
#RambamYomi #Sheluhim 5:2 If partner violates agreement w/ merchandise: sells on credit, takes abroad, etc., takes loss, but splits profits.
#HalachaYomi OC 151:10 A synagogue retains holiness even after destruction & must be treated with respect. People should try to rebuild it.
#EmunaYomi 71: Can’t achieve & internalize genuine Emuna w/o Torah. Humans, swayed by own interests & appetites will decide warped “truth”.

 

                              Shabbat / 8-Apr-17 / 12 Nisan 5777                                  #112
#ParshaYomi #Tzav 7: Moshe sprinkles mix of oil & blood on Aaron, sons, & their garb. Orders them to cook meat & eat w/bread, burn leftover.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 16:5 R’ Shimon b Nanas: can place goat-skin over chest or closet on fire; stop spread w/ barrier of vessels w/ water.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 76: R’ Papa: When sell documents, must write in document to transfer ownership: “acquire it & all the liens it creates.”
#RambamYomi #Sheluhim 4:1 All means of acquiring that buyers use to buy, are used by partners to acquire assets contributed to partnership.
#HalachaYomi OC 151:8 If have mud on shoes, appropriate to clean it off before enter synagogue. Shouldn’t have any dirt on clothing either.
#EmunaYomi 70: We have holy Torah & commandments, & righteous sages & spiritual leaders of every generation that lead us on path of truth.

 

                                           Friday / 7-Apr-17 / 11 Nisan 5777                                  #111
#ParshaYomi #Tzav 6: Sacrifice 2nd ram. Put blood on Kohen’s right ear, thumb & big toe. Burn ram’s fat, tail, diaphragm, kidneys, rt thigh.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 16:3 Can save from fire basket w/ loaves (even for 100 meals), pressed figs, cask of wine. Others save for him & settle.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 75: Rav: Pulling a ship any amount acquires it. Shmuel: One must pull the ship its own length to acquire it.
#RambamYomi #Sheluhim 3:1 When have agent carry out legal proceedings, must compose power of attorney & perform act that grants agent power.
#HalachaYomi OC 151:4 For the needs of the synagogue, it’s permitted to eat or sleep inside. Reason some sleep there night of Yom Kipur.
#EmunaYomi 69: God gave mankind, and the Jewish people in particular, clear instructions as to one’s purpose in life.

 

                                      Thursday / 6-Apr-17 / 10 Nisan 5777                                  #110
#ParshaYomi #Tzav 5: Sacrifice of sin offering bull & 1 ram, Aaron & sons lean hands on its head, slaughtered, blood on altar, burn parts.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 16:1 If there is a fire on Shabat, can save: sacred writings; scroll w/ case; tfilin w/ case, even w/ money in it.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 74: 2 crevices w/ smoke where Korach & his group were swallowed. They chant: “Moshe & his Torah are true. We are liars.”
#RambamYomi #Sheluhim 2:2 Can appoint as agent a man; woman, even if married; servant or maidservant. Have intelligence & Mitzva obligation.
#HalachaYomi OC 151:1 In synagogue or house of study: no levity, joking, gossip, eating, drinking, financial calculations, or walking about.
#EmunaYomi 68: Emuna, our unshakable belief & trust in God, fills in the missing pieces that our limited vision sometimes creates.

 

                           Wednesday / 5-Apr-17 / 9 Nisan 5777                                  #109
#ParshaYomi #Tzav 4: Ordination of Aaron & sons as Kohens: Moshe bathes, dresses & anoints them. Brings sin offering bull, 2 rams & matza.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 15:1 Knots that are liable if tie them on Shabbat: camel-driver’s knot & sailor’s knot. Also liable if untie them.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 73: If sold ship, includes mast, sail, anchors & oars, but not slaves, bags for merchandise or merchandise.
#RambamYomi #Sheluhim 1:1 Appoints messenger to buy or sell property or items, messenger is empowered & all his transactions are binding.
#HalachaYomi OC 150:5 Synagogue entry must face Ark & direction congregation prays. Ram”a: table for reading Torah in middle, so all hear.
#EmunaYomi 67: Lack of even one small but critical detail makes God’s lovingkindness seem like cruelty. Entire picture seems flawed.

 

                                     Tuesday / 4-Apr-17 / 8 Nisan 5777                                  #108
#ParshaYomi #Tzav 3: Shlamim, Peace offerings: Toda, Thanksgiving; Neder or Nedava, Vow or Voluntary offerings. Don’t ever eat fat or blood.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 14:3 Can’t consume anything purely medicinal on Shabat, but can consume for healing purposes any normal food or drink.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 72: If consecrated to Temple 3 trees spaced out over area of 75,000 amot2, also includes all land & trees between them.
#RambamYomi #Shchenim 14:5 Precedence in selling field to is the following order: Torah scholar / city neighbor / field neighbor / relative.
#HalachaYomi OC 150:1 Residents of a city can force one another to build a synagogue, to buy a Torah scroll & scroll of Prophets & Writings.
#EmunaYomi 66: Sometimes, soul makes brief visit to earth. Soul of R’ Yosef Karo returned as baby & died right after his circumcision.

 

                                   Monday / 3-Apr-17 / 7 Nisan 5777                                  #107
#ParshaYomi #Tzav 2: Kohen brings meal offering/day 1/10 efah, 1/2 in AM, 1/2 evening. Laws of Chatat, Sin offering; Asham, Guilt offering.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 14:1 Traps or wounds any of 8 creeping animals, mentioned in Torah, liable; any others, not, unless for some purpose.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 71: R’ Akiva: Sold field, doesn’t include pit, winery or dovecote, whether empty or full, but must buy path to access.
#RambamYomi #Shchenim 13:1 Land given as gift, rights of neighbor to buy that land don’t apply; but only if truly a gift & not a deception.
#HalachaYomi OC 147:7 Person who reads the Haftara (from Prophets after Torah reading) must wait until the Torah has been rolled closed.
#EmunaYomi 65: The more we’re hampered by the Yetzer Hara, the evil inclination, the more we have to accomplish on earth.

 

                                        Sunday / 2-Apr-17 / 6 Nisan 5777                                  #106
#ParshaYomi #Tzav 1: Olah, Burnt offering, ashes placed next to Altar, then outside camp. Fire always on Altar. Minha, Meal offering laws.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 13:6 Deer enters house, locked it in, liable. If 2 people lock it in, exempt. If need both to lock it in, both liable.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 70: R’ Chisda: Borrower believed if said returned loan, if he swears. (He could have said that it was lost blamelessly).
#RambamYomi #Shchenim 12:3 Square plot to be divided, river E & N, road S & W, divide diagonally. If 1 wants 1 side, give if doesn’t bother.
#HalachaYomi OC 147:4 One who raises the Torah scroll (Gelila), the writing faces away from him. Ram”a: For us, writing faces lifter.
#EmunaYomi 64: Arizal: Encounter most resistance in area of our mission on earth. Evil inclination doesn’t want us to complete successfully.

 

                                                  Shabbat / 1-Apr-17 / 5 Nisan 5777                                  #105
#ParshaYomi #Vayikra 7: Can’t afford animal, or 2 birds, brings fine flour. Used sacred object, stole, swore: sacrifice, principal + 1/5.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 13:4 Amount wool liable if whitening, combing, dying, spinning: 2x m’lo hasit (space from splayed thumb to forefinger).
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 69: Rocks that are needed for a field: Sages of Bavel: rocks that hold down sheaves. Ula: rocks arranged like wall.
#RambamYomi #Shchenim 11:1 Threshing floor, latrine, makes dust or dirt; must keep far enough that dirt, odor, dust doesn’t bother neighbor.
#HalachaYomi OC 147:1 Forbidden to hold a “naked” Torah scroll, i.e. w/o a kerchief. Customary to sell honor of rolling & covering of Torah.
#EmunaYomi 63: Don’t be surprised if hear of young, upright people that die suddenly. They’ve completed their soul correction & mission.

 

                                        Friday / 31-Mar-17 / 4 Nisan 5777                                  #104
#ParshaYomi #Vayikra 6: Unintentional sin sacrifice for person. Swore, withheld testimony, touched ritually unclean; confess & sacrifice.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 13:3 Tears in rage, mourning or to destroy, exempt (but prohibited). Destroying to build is liable, same as building.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 68: Sold field, doesn’t include unneeded rocks or reeds and unattached grain, unless said “field & everything inside”.
#RambamYomi #Shchenim 10:2 Large threshing floor must be kept 50 cubits away from city, so wind won’t carry winnowed straw & harm people.
#HalachaYomi OC 146:2 During reading of the Torah, prohibited to talk, even words of Torah. Some allow quietly learning Torah at that time.
#EmunaYomi 62: Mind-boggling set of Divine considerations influences a person’s life & longevity: deeds, former lives, public edicts & more.

 

                                                  Thursday / 30-Mar-17 / 3 Nisan 5777                                  #103
#ParshaYomi #Vayikra 5: Sacrifices for unintentional sins of: Kohen Gadol; King; all of Israel if followed erroneous decision of Sanhedrin.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 13:1 Sages: weaving of 2 threads on Shabat is liable quantity whether it’s at the beginning or the end of the weaving.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 67: Sold “Hatzer” (courtyard), includes: houses, pits & caves, not movable objects; unless said “Hatzer & all in it”.
#RambamYomi #Shchenim 9:12 Owner of store below warehouse can’t make it a bakery, paint factory, barn or anything that creates warm air.
#HalachaYomi OC 145:3 Today we no longer translate the Torah to Aramaic while reading it, as Aramaic is no longer understood.
#EmunaYomi 61: The knowledge that God does everything for our eternal benefit should be engraved on our hearts and minds.

 

                                           Wednesday / 29-Mar-17 / 2 Nisan 5777                                  #102
#ParshaYomi #Vayikra 4: Peace offering (Shlamim), from cattle, sheep or goats: lean on head; slaughter; burn fat, kidneys, diaphragm, liver.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 12:4 Wrote 2 letters in 1 shot, w/ ink, earth, resin, paint or anything that leaves a mark, liable. On flesh, liable.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 66: R’ Eliezer: A beehive is like land: doesn’t get ritually impure, if remove honey on Shabat, liable. Sages disagree.
#RambamYomi #Shchenim 8:1 Building projection into neighbor’s yard, neighbor can prevent. If doesn’t prevent right away, it can stay there.
#HalachaYomi OC 144:3 Don’t roll the Torah scroll in front of the congregation (must prepare it before); honor them (so don’t have to wait).
#EmunaYomi 60: Our powers of cognizance are enhanced when we realize our lives began long before we’re born & continue long after we die.

 

                                         Tuesday / 28-Mar-17 / 1 Nisan 5777                                  #101
#ParshaYomi #Vayikra 3: Deep pot meal offering sacrifice, fine flour w/ oil. Part burned, part to Kohens. No leaven. Salt on all sacrifices.
#MishnaYomi #Shabat 12:2 On Shabbat, one is liable for the smallest amount of plowing; weeding; cutting; trimming or gathering of branches.
#DafYomi #BavaBatra 65: Pipe was hollowed out & then attached: like a utensil & disqualifies Mikva if it’s waters were filled via the pipe.
#RambamYomi #Shchenim 7:1 Built courtyard, can’t ask neighbor to block up his window. Building wall, can’t cast shadow on neighbor’s window.
#HalachaYomi OC 144:1 When read the Prophets in synagogue we can skip from 1 section to another, but when read the Torah, we don’t skip.
#EmunaYomi 59: We can surmise that there must be a continuation of spiritual life far beyond physical demise.

 

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