Saturday, March 28, 2009

Weekly Mitzvos 18

There are 18 official Mitzvos in Parshas Tzav.
The first is the daily Mitzva for a kohen to remove some ashes from the Mizbeach. Terumas Hadeshen.

Two reasons are cited -
- Clean up
- To glorify the Beis Hamigdosh & to humble ourselves
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Daf 91- Quiz

Q. If someone scared a person causing them to become ill but did not touch them , what is the penalty ?

A. The Heavenly court will hold them accountable until they offer to pay.

Q. Does it matter if there does not seem to be a murder weapon ?

A. Yes. The claim has to be plausible.

Q. When is there a Mitzva obligation to tear ones clothing a certain amount ?

A. By the laws of mourning.
Q. What if he does extra ?

A. He may transgress - Don't waste.


Q. What do we call someone who deprives himself unnecessarily ?

A. A sinner who needs atonement.


Q. What is the penalty for one who stole someone else s Mitzva opportunity ?

A. To pay 10 gold coins.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Daf 90 - Quiz

Q. How does the prohibition of Chometz on Pesach override a lien that a non - Jew may have on a Jew s Chometz ?

A. If it is in the Jews house he is obligated to get rid of it.

Q. What is the common denominator between -
Hekdesh , Chomtez & freeing a servant ?

A. They all override a lien.
We can also learn a Pesach message - when we refrain from Chometz we become elevated like Hegdesh & we become truly free !

Q. If someone has rights to the produce is that like owning the ikor also ?

A. There are 4 opinions -
R. Meir - yes

R. Yehuda - no

R. Yosi - its a Sofeik

R. Eliezer - they are both limited.
Q. How much worse is a backhanded slap over a regular slap ?

A. Double. From 200 to 400.

Q. If someone chooses to hurt themselves is that permissible ?

A. No.
Q. Can a witness also serve as a judge on a case ?

A. No.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mitzva for Today

No yeast or honey are permitted on the Mizbeach.

This is explained as a symbol to be careful to keep gaavo (pride ) & taavo ( temptation) away from our service to Hashem.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Daf 89 - Quiz

Q. What are nichsei milug ?

A. Property that a woman owned before marriage & now her husband has the rights to pluck the fruits & use them.

Q. Which properties are called iron sheep ?

A. He guaranteed their value to her.

Q. If a husband & wife lost their Kesuba document how many hours can they wait before replacing it ?

A. Not even 1.
Q. If a wife sold her Kesuba rights , does she lose the other conditions that come along with the package ?

A. No


Q. How many other stipulations are there ?

A. 6. Rambam Ishus c. 12.

Q. How many obligations does a man have to his wife & how many benefits does he receive ?

A. 10 obligations & 4 benefits. See Rambam
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Daf 88 - Quiz

Q. What is the root of the word ach - a brother , & how does it reflect on the way we use the word ?

A. From the word echod - one. Brothers are as one. Either in the sense of relationships or in the sense of doing Mitzvos.

Q. How many types of people are there that are disqualified from serving as witnesses ?

A. 10. Rambam

Q. May a convert serve as a witness ?

A. Yes.

Q. How many places in Shas does the Halacha follow Reish Lokish ?

A. 3 places.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

How much Salt

Is needed for a Korban ?

Rambam , Isurei Hamizbeach 5:11

The meat should be salted well , all over , as when one is to roast it. But if they only used one drop of salt it is Kosher.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Daf 87 - Quiz

Q. What is the source from our Gemara to make a party celebration when one becomes Bar - Mitzva ?

A. It is greater when one is commanded to perform Mitzvos.

Q. If a minor hurt someone & then he becomes Bar Mitzva does he have to pay ?

A. Mishna Brura 343:9 says no according to Halacha & yes , lifnim mishuras hadin.


Q. If an owner has only one pillow who gets to use it , himself or his eved ?

A. The eved.

Q. What are 2 examples of a good investment called a Segula ?

A. Buying a sefer Torah or a fruit tree.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Todays Mitzva

To add salt to every Korban.

Nowadays , Tosfos Brochos 40 a speaks off having salt on the table at every meal. It serves as protection. What is the concept ?
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Daf 86 - Quiz

Q. How is it possible that a person beat someone up on one day & he must pay 5 payments , but on another day he is exempt from payments ?

A. On Yom Kipur he would have to pay , but not for Shabos because that day can carry a death penalty.

Q. From which of the 5 payments do we see that we consider the value of intangible feelings to actually charge for them ?

A. From Shame.

Q. If someone was shamed while asleep can he claim payment when he wakes up ?

A. Yes
Q. When is a minor considered old enough to be included in Shame ?

A. Rashi explains when he is reminded of it he is in pain.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.