Monthly Archives: November 2011

Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Toldos 5772


שבת טעם החיים תולדות תשע”ב Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Toldos 5772 Why was he called Yaakov? וְאַֽחֲרֵי־כֵ֞ן יָצָ֣א אָחִ֗יו וְיָדֹ֤ו אֹחֶ֙זֶת֙ בַּעֲקֵ֣ב עֵשָׂ֔ו וַיִּקְרָ֥א שְׁמֹ֖ו יַעֲקֹ֑ב וְיִצְחָ֛ק בֶּן־שִׁשִּׁ֥ים שָׁנָ֖ה בְּלֶ֥דֶת אֹתָֽם, after that his brother emerged with his hand grasping on … Continue reading

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Bechoros 5


The Gemara states that the reason why the Torah requires one to redeem specifically the firstborn donkey and not the firstborn horse or a camel is because it is a גזירת הכתוב, a Scriptural decree. Additionally, it was the donkeys … Continue reading

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Bechoros 4


The Gemara cites a dispute between Rabbi Yochanan and Reish Lakish regarding the status of the Bechoros that that were born in the Wilderness. Rabbi Yochanan maintains that the Bechoros that were born in the Wilderness were sanctified and Reish … Continue reading

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Bechoros 3


The Gemara cites a dispute between the Chachamim and Rabbi Yehudah regarding one who owns a firstborn animal in a partnership with a gentile. Rabbi Yehudah maintains that although the firstborn does not retain sanctity to be brought on the … Continue reading

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Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Chaye Sarah 5772


שבת טעם החיים חיי שרה תשע”ב Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Chaye Sarah 5772 Transforming the Sins into Years ויהיו חיי שרה מאה שנה ועשרים שנה ושבע שנים חיי שרה, Sarah’s lifetime was one hundred years, twenty years, and seven years; the … Continue reading

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Bechoros 2


I have often wondered why certain Masechtos start with abstract concepts. Our Mishnah starts with the Halacha of one who purchases a fetus of a donkey that belongs to a gentile. It would seem to be more appropriate for the … Continue reading

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Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Vayeira 5772


שבת טעם החיים וירא תשע”ב Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Vayeira 5772 It’s a Numbers Game ותאמר מי מלל לאברהם היניקה בנים שרה כי ילדתי בן לזקניו, and she said, “Who is the One Who said to Avraham, Sarah would nurse children? … Continue reading

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