Saturday, March 7, 2009

Daf 71 - Quiz

Q. If someone was guilty of both Malkus & a monetary payment for the same crime , what is done ?

A. There is a dispute whether he is punished with both or only malkus.


Q. Which opinion do we follow ?

A. Not to give both penalties only Malkus.

Q. If someone slaughtered an animal by mistake on Shabos , can it be Kosher ?

A. Yes


Q. What is the bottom line if someone stole an ox from 2 partners & he slaughtered it & then he admitted in Beis Din to one of them , but he was in denial to the other owner ?

A. If witnesses come now he needs to pay half of 4/5 to the one he lied to. ( This is actually on the bottom line of the daf ).
Q. What is the connection between daf 71 & the taanis Esther on this day ?

A. See first Tosfos on 72a.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

9 of 613

There are 9 official Mitzvos in Parshas Ki Sisah

* To give a half Shekel every year as a donation.

* A kohein has to wash his hands each time before he enters to serve.

* there are 4 mitzvos pertaining to the exclusive oil for annointing & for incense.

* Avoid idolatry

* Rest the land on Shmita

* Avoid mixing meat & milk.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Daf 70 - Quiz

Q. What is the definition of the word - urchesa ?

A. A transfer of the power to collect a debt. From the word Reich which a ruler or one in control.


Q. How many witnesses are required to render someone guilty of stealing & selling an ox ?

A. Either 2 w. Who saw both stages or 4 w. 2 who saw stage one & 2 who saw stage two.

Q. Why is it that on Shabos if he slaughtered it he will be exempt from paying 4/5 , but if he sold it he will be obligated ?

A. Because for slaughtering it there is a death penalty on Shabos.


Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Daf 69 - Quiz

Q. What is the signifigance of a Mishna that seems to be stam - a unanimous teaching ?

A. It is an indication that it should be the halacha.


Q. What is the message of using earth as a sign / Siman marker ?

A. There is potential for beneficial growth.

Q. Why is the word Tznius used for modest dressing when the Gemara seems to use it in a different sense ?

A. Rashi had said that it refers to those who strive to prevent others from sinning - thus it fits perfectly. One of the reasons for the tznius dress code is to prevent others from sins of improper thoughts.
See Rashi on 68b

Q. What are two aspects of defining that something belongs to you ?

A. It belongs to you & it is in yourjurisdiction.

Q. Why is it that everyone seems to argue with R. Meir in the case of one who bought wine ... ?

A. The Gemara Eiruvin 13b explains that there was no one in his generation as great as him but the halacha is not like him always because they could not comprehend all of his profound insights.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Daf 68 - Quiz

Q. What is the logic why for stealing & selling an ox one has to pay 5 animals , but for a sheep he only pays 4 ?

A. 1 - Since the sheep needs to be carried he was shamed thus we give him a reduction ,

2- Since by an ox he deprived the owner of a work animal , he must pay more. Rashi in Chumash.

Q. What if he only sold it for a 30 day period does he pay 4/5 ?

A. No. That is not a complete sale.


Q. What are the 2 factors required in order to render it Hekdesh ?

A. To belong to him & to have access to it.

Q. How does Rashi define the tznuin ?

A. Pious people who try to stop all others from sins.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Todays Mitzva

Not to tear garments of Kohanim. The way you treat even a garment shows how you care about what it represents.

The dignity of a person - you become elevated when you treat others with respect.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Daf 67 - Quiz

Q. What is a powerful illustration of the benefits of telling the truth ?

A. A person who admits that he stole & desires to repent is exempt from paying the double penalty.


Q. When is a change not considered a valid change ?

A. When it is easy to reverse it.


Q. Why does the Prophet equate a stolen animal with a lame one ?

A. They are both unacceptable as an offering , one because it is blemished in a physical way & one because it is not by that person thus he cannot give it.

Q. Why is slaughtering an animal or selling it on an equal plane ?

A. 2 methods of getting it away from here.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

The Choshen

May not be removed from the Eifod.
This represents that ones thoughts should always be linked with our actions.
This verse happens to be
Verse 28:28.
With stands for koach !
This is how we should do things with all of our power.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Two Secrets

To avoid laziness & end procrastination -

1- divide it into small segments

2- one day at a time.

Who teaches us these powerful secrets which can change your life ?

Hashem by giving us one day at a time in segments.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Daf 66 - Quiz

Q. What is the law if someone stole some raw materials & he processed them ?

A. He has to return the original cash value.


Q. What if the name of the item has changed , is that sufficent ?

A. No. The last Tosfos on 66b explains that a name change alone is insufficent without either yiush or a physical change.

Q. What would indicate Yiush ?

A. If the owner said - woe to me , its gone for good. Rashi B. M. 21b


Q. How many years was Raboh the Rosh Hayeshiva ?

A. 22

Q. How did Hashem promote Rav Yosef to prominence when he took over ?

A. Hashem helped him resolve a question that was unresolved for 22 yrs.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Clothing Mitzva

We learn from the Parsha that the clothing one wears helps to make the person what he should become.
We are all considered as Kohanim to focus on serving Hashem & thus what we wear does matter. We also say a brocho daily to thank Hashem for our clothing , it is a great gift which we need to learn to appreciate.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Daf 65 - Quiz

Q. What is the logic of the law that a sneak thief has to be pay double for everything he steals ?

A. Rambam - so that he should lose the amount he tried to cause someone else to lose , measure for measure.

Q. But what difference is there between the payment for the principal item & the double payment ??

A. For "a" - pay as it was worth when he stole it ,
For "b" - pay per the value now at Beis Din.

Q. Is there a difference between returning the item itself or its cash value ?

A. Yes. If he stole an item which went up in value , if he broke it now & cannot return it - he pays the higher value.
If it broke by itself - he only pays the original value.

Q. What are the extra penalties for one who lied about money that he owed & he swore to back up his denial ?

A. He must return the principal amount , plus a fifth more & a korban asham gezeilos.

Q. How can he end up paying even more ?

A. If he denied the extra fifth & swore on that , he needs to add another fifth etc.

Q. At what age is an ox & a ram called by their adult titles ?

A. As soon as they are born.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Lighting up the world

The first Mitzva this wk in Tetzaveh is for Kohanim to light the Menora daily in the Beis Hamikdosh.
This serves to remind us that we can turn the lights on !

Imagine a dark room , pitch dark & you can flip the switch & help all of those in the room see the light. Hashem grants us this opportunity , in different ways , to turn on the lights.
Do it now !
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Daf 64 - Quiz

Q. How many principles are there with which we interpret & understand the words of the Torah which are listed in our daily prayers ?

A. 13 - see Braiso of R. Yishmoel omer.


Q. Which one is the Sandwhich rule where we have a kelal on both ends & a perat in the middle ?

A. Rule # 6


Q. What if the latter kelal does not resemble the first ?

A. That is a dispute.


Q. What is the approach taught by other Sages that is not taught by R. Yishmoel ?

A. Riboh miut Veriboh.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.