Saturday, February 14, 2009

Daf 50 - Quiz

Q. Why is a public street considered more yours than your private property ?
A. You may need to sell your private place at some point , but your rights to public areas are ongoing !


Q. Why is it dangerous if one says " Hashem is so generous He forgives all sins no matter what " ?
A. Rashi explains because he causes people to be tempted to sin.

Q. Why is Hashem more precise with those who are greater & closer to Him ?

A. Because He loves them more.

Q. What is the main reason the Torah obligates a hole digger to pay for damages caused by his hole ?

A. There is a dispute -
Rav - due to the stale air
Shmuel - the air & the Bang
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

53 Mitzvos

Mishpotim contains 53 official Mitzvos of the 613.

* the first 5 are how to treat ones workers with compassion.

* we then have 10 Mitzvos on to avoid causing harm or damage to others.
* Then 9 more laws of caring for others
More to follow.
We see how careful we need to be in dealing with all others.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Daf Quiz - Bava Kama 49

Q. Why is it that if an ox gored a pregnant woman & caused a miscarriage the ox owner does not pay for the potential offspring but if a person did the same -
He pays the husband - for the offspring &
The wife - he pays for the injury & for her pain ?

A. The Ramban explains that we are not sure if the offspring would have lived thus the Torah gives us specific guidelines for who is entitled to what.


Q. Which animal does the Torah compare to the great righteous Sage Yissocher in Breshis and also to a nation in Breshis ?

A. A donkey

Q. If someone grabbed first a document of property that has no owner does he get the property or only the paper ?

A. Only the paper


Q. What are 2 methods for a person s yard to acquire something for him ?

A. If it is enclosed with protection or he is at the side of it. Tosfos
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Long life

The Torah teaches the reward of longevity by only one of the 10 Commandments -
# 5 -
Honor your Parents.
Why is that unique ?

1 - measure for measure - when we help them live , Hashem does the same for us.
2 - when we appreciate & thank them for giving us life , we deserve more !
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Matching Mitzvos

Why did Hashem give us the 10 Commandments on 2 Tablets , 5 on each side , why not all 10 on one long one ?

One reason is so that we should also read them across & learn significant lessons. There are matching mitzvos , such as
Don't harm or kill innocent people because they were created in Hashems image !
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The First Two

Of the 10 Commandments are 2 of the 6 constant Mitzvos which pertain to all Jews at all times 24/7.

The 6 constant are

Believe in Hashem
There are no others
He is One
Love Him
Fear Him
Don't be distracted.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Pattern of 17 Mitzvos

The pattern is
The 10 Commandments

Plus 3 extra in the second commandment & 1 extra in the fourth.
3 more at the end
1 - to avoid idol worship
2 - to avoid murder
3- to distance oneself from immorality.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

17 Mitzvos

In Parshs Yisro -

To Believe in Hashem
No other
No Statues
No bowing to idols
No other forms of worship to them

No wasted swearing

To sanctify Shabos with words
Not to perform any form of work on Shabos

To Honor ones Parents

Not to kill innocent people
Not to commit adultery
Not to kidnap any human being
Not to testify falsley
Not to desire things that others have

Not to have any statues of people
Not to use metal for preparing the stones of the Mizbeach
Not to have steps for the Mizbeach only a ramp.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.