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65.01/ Week sixty-five, Oct. 9-15, 2021, thread begins here.

Week 64 below.
65.02/ My name was captured by a bot yesterday... so how was your Shabbos?

Note: I have not given an interview about the Mets nor should that be of interest to anybody.
65.03/ Today is the first FootballMas since 2019! The happiest day of the year!

[FootballMas is when there are NFL games on at 9:30 EST, 1:00, 4:00 and 8:00. All day football is fun.]
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1/ Quick thread about today's #DafYomi TB Sukkah 32.

First, a story where Rabbi Akiva, who can be a big know-it-all in front of his teachers, gets put in his place trying to build a sukkah on a moving ship. Even if it had to be by Rabban Gamliel.…
2/ Next is what I refer to as a "Skipper Sugya." Skipper is my alter-ego from one of my favorite movies ever, The Penguins of Madagascar. In one scene, he barks out an order with his customary bravado "not [to fire] until we see the white of his eyes"…
3/ His second-in-command, Kowalski, protests that the leopard seals attacking them have "they're mostly pupil, very little white, almost none"
Skipper: "they got to have a little bit of white, right?"
K: "None whatsoever!"
S: "What if they look really far to the left?"
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54.01/ Week fifty-four, July 24-30 2021, thread begins here.

Week 53 below:
54.02/ This is a fun Rebbe story, which could even be true (who knows), re: apologetics for the bracha of "Shelo Asani Isha."

Source (Pleasant Ridge Newsletter, Vaetchanan 5771):…

[I needed to edit the alt-text a bit to get to 1000 char.] The Ropshitzer Rebbetzin wa...
54.03/ I've tried to teach people & model the behavior that every person needs to be treated with respect. That we are to treat janitors with the same respect as we do rabbis. Sadly, they learned to treat rabbis with the same respect they treat janitors.…
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1/ #ReshetKeshet

I had intended to write a lot more this week, especially about #DafYomi because some of my favorite topics are being covered, so I want to at least say something quick today about Sukkah 14b & "emergency halakhah":…
2/ During the height of the pandemic, especially before Pesach, many rabbis needed to issue extreme leniencies. I've been asked why we don't allow these lenient positions all the time.

If it's permitted once, why not all the time? If it's fundamentally wrong, why allow it now?
3/ Today's daf has the rabbis saying to Rebbe Yehudah: "How can you bring proof from emergency times?" meaning that this type of ruling is automatically presumed to be contingent & conditional to specific, desperate circumstances.…
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53.01/ Week fifty-three, July 17-23, 2021, begins here. #TishaBeav today, so no real greeting. May next year, we have a fleishig #9Av

I've been making these organized threads for a year. Fitting that anniversary should be on the saddest day of the year.

Week 52 below:
53.02/ To listen to music today, I have the leining of #Eicha on a loop. One source is the Eidut Mizrach version from Mechon-Mamre:
Direct link:
Ashkenaz via Virtual Cantor:
53.03/ Thread from yesterday, #TishaBeav, on some thoughts about the day.
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51.01/ Week fifty-one, July 3-9 2021, begins here.

#IsruChag sameach for #July4th

Week 50 below
51.03/ Rabbi Regan is 100% right. I describe this as "banning straws" activism - something that doesn't solve a systemic or even immediate problem while actively hurting others. As a bonus, the straw-ban helped the company's bottom line.
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50.01/ Week fifty, June 26-July 2 2021, begins here.
#TzomKal, easy fast, for #ShivaAsarBTammuz

Week 49 below
50.02/ File this under "horrifying but not surprising." @AdamSerwer has been doing great work and I look forward - in a clinical, grin & bear it way - to reading his book.

@AdamSerwer 50.03/ Barukh Dayan ha-Emet. My shul just informed us that Rabbi Reuven Bulka z'l has passed away. Rabbi Dr. Bulka was a psychotherapist & shul rabbi who exemplified a life dedicated to his community and to Torah u-Madda. May his memory be for a blessing.…
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Knock knock

Who's there?

Interrupting Rabbi

Interrupting Rabbi Wh...

"And furthermore..."

#DafYomi 23a
I know it's inexact but couldn't resist.
@DBashIdeas @aimhumor feel free to steal
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1. #DafYomi Shabbat 30b: A Tale of a Prescient Rabbi - Our Daf tells the story of King David's death on Shabbat. As Shlomo need to remove the corpse from the sun (Shavuot in Jerusalem is known for its hot weather), he consulted with the sages on how to move the body without>>
2. violating the laws of muktzeh. He was advised to place a loaf of bread or an infant on the corpse thereby rendering it a basis for carrying an object permitted to be carried on Shabbat. This reminds of the following story I once heard form R. Yissocher Frand: a certain Torah>
3. giant of the last century was sitting at the Shabbat table and oddly put a slice of challah in his pocket during the meal. Those around the table were confounded by this action yet remained silent. Over that Shabbat he passed away. At that point everyone realized that he was>>
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A THREAD for all who must tragically avoid community this weekend:

In his classic book The Sabbath, AJ Heschel beautifully described the “love affair” btwn the Jewish people & the Shabbat. Ask any sabbath-observant Jew & they’ll gush about how they couldn’t live without it.
And this love affair is echoed now (since the week spread over the last 2000 yrs from the Jewish community to the entire world) in the love affair the entire world has with the weekend. (In, @cristobalyoung5 & Chaeyoon Lim show why. In a word: community!
Now among the things that observant Jews love about the Shabbat is the annual cycle of readings of the Pentateuch, divided up into weekly portions that are read in synagogues throughout the world.
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Okay - over the past week or so we've dealt with some outright regressive bits of Talmud in the Daf Yomi cycle, and I have Some Thoughts. This stuff can be difficult, because it's hard to reconcile loving our tradition with modern, progressive values

There an impulse I see, and that I've felt, to try to find ways to rationalize the bits that don't fit with what we understand as ethical and moral Good. A desire to find a clever way that it actually really means something else, if you can find the right bit of nuance or context
I've come to distrust that impulse. I don't think it's honest, and I don't think it achieves the thing I'm trying to do - it doesn't address the problematic parts, it just brushes them over or rationalizes them.
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Let the record state that I am thrilled so many people are doing #DafYomi now, genuinely nourished from the fresh perspective and new questions folks are bringing to the text, and, ok, a little amused by the first year rabbinical student beit midrash vibe that I see sometimes. 😉
I do wonder if some of the total newbies are doing ok following all the rhetorical moves. Unsolicited suggestions, take if they’re helpful: Steinsaltz’ Essential Talmud & The Talmud: A Reference Guide could be helpful, or a class that’s slower in the text to up your skills..
I think this is great! Totally endorse! Which is why I’m suggesting resources for structure and context, not interpretations (note that both of above recs are not Rav Steinsalz’ Talmud commentary). For example+

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So today’s #DafYomi (14) has a lil’ feminist nugget in the Tosafot.

It’s talking about saying a blessing over a partial Hallel—it’s deep in the weeds of liturgical stuff, don’t want to get into it, does this person say a blessing or not—and then...

ומיהו השר מקוצי היה אומר דכיון שרצה לחייב עצמו, מברך, ואין זה ברכה לבטלה מידי דהוה אלולב ואתפילין, דהני נשי מברכות אע"ג שאינן חייבות.

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The Count from Coucy (Samson ben Samson of Coucy) holds that since he wants to obligate himself, he says the blessing,& it’s not in vain (bracha levatalah), like how when women who hold/wear lulav & tefillin recite the blessing even though they’re not obligated to those mitzvot.
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So glad the #dafyomi crowd is getting one of my favorite demonology passages already.

The reason your clothes wear out so fast and you might feel claustrophobic at big lectures? Demons. Obviously.

(Don’t sleep on @ThrowingSheyd podcast btw)

Few stray notes/lil thread: 1/x
“God’s tefillin”—I think it’s a beautiful passage personally and lovely midrash, remind y’all that the Rabbis taught, “the Torah speaks in the language of human beings,” they know the anthropomorphism is not literal of course. But also this illustrates how radical Rambam was.
“Rabbi Zeira said: The reward for attending the lecture is for running.” Since clearly you punks didn’t understand the content lol
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Have been trying to say this subtly but want to say clearly:

#DafYomi is not the only way to learn Torah. And it’s not probably the best way for people new to Talmud, and it’s not the best way for everybody who’s been learning for some time.

It’s great for some people.
You need a lot of skills/familiarity to be able to surf the gemara in this way. And even if you have that—this isn’t the best for everyone’s learning styles! Or preferred way of engaging! Or the best use of their Torah learning time!
It’s ONE way, and I see that for some reason this cycle it’s, like, in vogue, seems like it’s being painted as a particularly sexy or cool undertaking by a lot of folks who might not have considered it before.
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Esta semana tendremos noticias sobre grandes fiestas a lo largo de mundo. Decenas de miles de personas celebrando haber estudiado todo el Talmud. Pero: ¿Que es el Talmud? ¿Como puede ser que tantas personas alrededor del mundo lo terminen en la misma fecha? Sale #hilo.
El judaísmo es una entidad compleja. Incluye en ella infinidad de ritos, costumbres, leyes, filosofía y folclore y se va enriqueciendo con el paso del tiempo. En sus primeros siglos de existencia, todo esta cantidad de información se fue transmitiendo de forma oral.
Maestros a alumnos, padres a hijos, en una repetición casi infinita. Pero al comienzo del siglo II (E.C.), las persecuciones romanas, la pérdida de la autonomía judía y la dispersión amenazaban con provocar serios baches en dicha transmisión.
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