Friday, July 10, 2009

Fw: Frum Torah search engine

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

From: yaakov simon
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 13:58:51 -0700 (PDT)
To: Rabbi Moshe Goldberger<>
Subject: Frum Torah search engine

Dear Rebbi, shlita

There's a website ( ) that has in its database a list of many, many frum Torah websites on the Internet. You type a Jewish topic on , and it finds all the frum websites that have those terms.  Here's a quote from :

"Search Torah topics from respected, pre-approved Torah sites. was created to specifically exclude irrelevant results one could find using a standard Google search. We have customized Google's vast index to contain over 1.7 million Torah-related text pages in English, Hebrew, French, Spanish and other languages as well as audio and video formats. All are hand-picked and deemed trustworthy by our team of frum editors. "

Recently, I recommended to the staff of to partner with a kosher Internet provider, , to limit Internet access to just the websites in the records of .  I hope they take my advice.

Please publicize this handy website.

Yaakov Simon

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Daf 75- Taste of Daf Quiz

Q. How many types of problems can be avoided by not being rigid with others , but rather to be flexible , easy going & forgiving ?

A. Many , the Gemara lists 5.

Q. Why should a person avoid Ribis even if its just to teach people lessons ?
A. The lesson may backfire & people may be tempted to sin.

Q. Is it permissible to send a gift before or after a loan to help smooth the way or to show gratitude ?

A. No.

Q. How many lavin does the lender transgress & the borrower ?

A. 6 for the lender ,
2 for the borrower.
Q. How can it be forbidden to be first to give someone a Shalom greeting ?

A. If he borrowed money from him & did not yet pay up & he was not accustomed to greet him first.

Q. When is it forbidden to even pass by a person ?

A. If he owes you money & cannot pay , so as not to embarass him.


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

Daf 74- Taste of Daf Quiz

Q. What is a situmsa which is koneh ?
A. A siman that marks off that this is what he bought.
Q. If a deal was made but then the prices went down , can the buyer back out ?

A. If he said he only wanted it at the best price , but the seller wants to back - the seller has to accept a mi Shepora.

Q. What does the Gemara answer as the case if its not a shliach ?

A. A merchant who buys & sells to make a profit.
Q. If Rabon Gamliel did something does that mean we all need to do the same ?
A. Not if he only did it to be stringent on himself.
Q. Who needs to give the seed , the sharecropper or the landowner ?

A. It depends on the custom of that area & on their agreement ?
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Daf 73- Taste of Daf Quiz

Q. Why does a respectable person have to be more careful to avoid leniencies ?

A. Because people tend to learn from his behaviour.
Q. May a person buy in advance the wine production of a vineyard ?

A. Rav - no
Shmuel - yes.
Q. Who was the grandfather of Rav Mori bar Rochel ?

A. Shmuel.

Q. If there is a law that whoever pays the taxes may use the land , is a Jew permitted to use it ?
A. Yes.
Q. What was Ravas brothers name ?

A. Rav Seurom.

Q. How should we deal with troublemakers ?

A. Keep them busy with positive endeavors such as to pull the Ravs wagon.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

6 of 613

There are 6 official Mitzvos in Parshas Pinchos.
1 - the laws of inheritance

4- Various offerings

1- Blow Shofar on Rosh Hashana

There is a common theme
* the Shofar blasts serve to wake us up to live with focus
Learn from Pinchas to live for Hashem , bring Korbonos to serve Him & leave the right lessons as an inheritance to our families.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Daf 72 - Taste of Daf Quiz

Q. Can a non - Jew serve as a Shliach ?
A. No.

Q. If someone made a loan with an interest charge & had it recorded in a shtar & now he regrets his misdeed & wants to do it right , does he lose it all or only the interest ?

A. R. Meir - he loses it all.
Chachomim - only the interest.

Q. If someone made a predated or postdated document , is it valid ?

A. The first no , the second yes.

Q. What is the 3 letter hebrew word Rashi uses to explain why the predated is posul ?

A. Sheker
Q. What are the 2 options either of which can permit a person to negotiate a contract ?

A. Either there is an established market rate , or if the seller has some of the product in stock.


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