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119 Ministries Podcast
Episode 539: TE: Matters of Opinion (Romans 14)

119 Ministries Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 33:02


Paul says not to judge others on matters of days or food; is he teaching against the Torah here? Paul's letters can be very confusing at the best of times. Sometimes he is addressing things concerning the Law of God, the Torah. Other times he appears to be addressing matters of opinion, such as in Romans 14. 

Tattoos and Torah
Hit The Rabbi

Tattoos and Torah

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 65:09


What does Rabbi Iggy really think? This week, for the first time ever, Rabbi Iggy is not the host of Tattoos and Torah but the guest. Acclaimed artist (and previous guest) Naama G interviews Rabbi Iggy to dive deep on his mystifying and esoteric past. This conversation will take you from India to old New York, from Rabbi Iggy's early misadventures to the roots of his faith and sexuality. If you've been curious to hear Rabbi Iggy tell some of his own story, you'll find it here

Rabbi Daniel Glatstein Podcast
Yisro : The Torah Was Given On Har....... Hamoriah?!?!?!?

Rabbi Daniel Glatstein Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 8:25


Daily Halacha Podcast - Daily Halacha By Rabbi Eli J. Mansour
Paying or Accepting Interest as a Gift

Daily Halacha Podcast - Daily Halacha By Rabbi Eli J. Mansour

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 2:57


Is it permissible for a lender to stipulate with the borrower that along with the debt he must pay him a gift? Meaning, instead of demanding interest, the lender asks that the borrower give him a monetary gift when he repays the loan. Does changing the terminology from "interest" to "gift" suffice to circumvent the Torah prohibition of Ri'bitt (interest)?Rabbi Moshe Halevi, in his work Milveh Hashem (p. 114), rules that such an arrangement is unequivocally forbidden and likely constitutes a Torah violation of Ri'bitt. The term used in reference to what the lender receives in exchange for granting the loan is purely a matter of semantics; it does not change the fact that the borrower pays compensation for the loan. Regardless of whether the lender and borrower speak of this compensation as a gift or as interest, it nevertheless constitutes Ri'bitt and is strictly forbidden.This provision applies to Jewish-owned banks, as well. Many banks offer free gifts to new clients when they open an account. They make an initial deposit and in exchange they receive a free gift (such as a toaster or television). A Jewish client may not accept the free gift unless the bank's Jewish owner had signed a "Heter Iska" document which effectively avoids the prohibitions of Ri'bitt. Just as a Jewish client may not accept interest on savings in a Jewish-owned bank without a "Heter Iska," so may he not accept the perks offered by such a bank unless a proper "Heter Iska" has been signed.Summary: A lender cannot subvert the prohibition against taking interest by making an agreement whereby the extra money paid would be looked upon as a gift, rather than interest.

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Institute for Jewish Continuity

TALMUD TORAH: Bracha Strimber in loving memory of her husband, Avi Strimber, אבהרם בן קלמן אליעזר הלוי ז'ל. Avi Tobias in appreciation for all of Rabbi Silber's incredible Torah. His love for the Torah is evident in the Daf that he gives everyday. DAY OF LEARNING: Lawrence Suffness in commemoration of the yahrzeit of his beloved wife, Tania Rozmaryn Suffness z'l. If you would like to sponsor a shiur, please contact our office at office@suburbanorthodox.org.

Shabbos Shiur Review
Acquiring the Gift - Our Approach to Torah

Shabbos Shiur Review

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 61:17


Recorded live via Zoom 1-20-2022 Click here for source text

Douglas Jacoby Podcast
SOTM 36-Narrow

Douglas Jacoby Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 10:08


For additional notes and resources check out Douglas' website.“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13-14).ResistanceThere's considerable resistance to this teaching:Because it's difficult (today's devotional)Because there are many who will try to talk us out of it (tomorrow's offering)Because there's no third option—just two waysJesus' words are challengingThere are only two options.The truth is easy to understand, but not necessarily easy to follow.(Many stripes and flavors of quasi-Christian faith are actually clever ways to get around the holy demands of Jesus.)_The majority of humans prefer the broad road.This isn't a teaching only for non-Christians. It's for you and me—for all of us who have set out on the way.The two roads may be discerned in virtually every book of the Bible. Two choices in the Garden. Two ways in the Psalms (Psalm 1:1-6). Two ways in the Prophets—follow the Torah, or ignore its demands. (Follow Yahweh, or spurn him.) Two ways theme—every book of Bible.The early churchFor the first few centuries, most Christians accepted the truth of the two roads. Although they were totally outnumbered, there were many individuals and groups in the following centuries willing to sacrifice to walk the narrow road, even willing to die if their lives were demanded when the world—or worldly Christianity—pushed back.Didache: “There are two ways: one of life and one of death. But there is a great difference between the two ways. The way of life, then, is this: First, you shall love God, who made you. Second, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Didache1.1-5Epistle of Barnabas: “There are two ways of teaching and authority, the one of light and the other of darkness. But there is a great difference between these two ways. …The way of light is as follows: If anyone desires to travel to the appointed place, he must be zealous in his works. The knowledge given to us for the purpose of walking in this way is the following: You shall love Him who created you. You shall glorify Him who redeemed you from death. You shall be pure in heart and rich in spirit. You shall not join yourself to those who walk in the way of death… You shall be meek and peaceable. You shall tremble at the words which you hear.” Epistle of Barnabas 18Origen: “This way is narrow because the majority cannot bear to walk in it, for they are lovers of their flesh… The ones who believe in Him are those who walk in the straight and narrow way that leads to life. This way is found by few.” Commentary on the Gospel of John, 6, 10.28Lactantius: “This road… is steep because that goodness which is very high and lofty cannot be reached without the greatest difficulty and labor.” The Divine Institutes7Luke 13In Luke 13 is a parallel passage. Somebody asks him if only a few are going to be saved. The Lord replies with an imperative: “Strive to enter through the narrow door” (Luke 13:24).This isn't only a passage about becoming Jesus's disciple; it's also for those who are followers.Conclusion:This teaching is difficult before we're followers, when we're trying to come to terms with the teaching.It's difficult also for those who have been born again.It may feel even more challenging for those who are drifting, or those who have left the narrow road and are toying with the idea of coming back.While many will object that such thinking is simplistic, I say it is just simple. They say they've tried it and it doesn't work. Some may have tried it, but very few have experienced authentic Christianity. For those near to Christ, who have tasted that the Lord is good, know that his teachings work.Those who will try to talk you out of the truth may be wonderful people in various respects—but Jesus calls them false prophets.Next: Prophets?

Tanach Study
Yeshayahu Perek 14: Return from Babel & Warning of Phillistia

Tanach Study

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022


Yeshayahu Perek 14: Return from Babel & Warning of Phillistia This perek in Sefer Yeshayahu is taught by Rabbi Albert Setton TanachStudy.com  

The Parsha Perspective
Parshas Yisro, see through the noise

The Parsha Perspective

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 6:47


Parshas Yisro, see through the noise! This week's Parsha Perspective is in honor of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, the wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. She passed away on the 22nd of Shevet in 1988. This week's Parsha Perspective is in honor of the birthdays of Yoram and Yael Cohen. May bless them and their entire family with a year of happiness, health, and success! This week's Parsha Perspective is in honor of the Refuah Shlema of HaRav Amitai Ben Shoshanna and Shaul Ben Berta. This week's Parsha Perspective is in loving memory of Edward Ben Efraim, Shlomo Ben Edward, and Yirachmiel Daniel Ben Gedalia. May their souls be uplifted and their memories a blessing. Click here to listen, watch and connect! Parshaperspective.com Our Parsha has the Aseres Hadibros, the Ten Commandments, making it one of the most significant portions of the Torah. We find what the Jewish Nation experienced at Mt. Sinai. We learn the level that G-d revealed Himself at the giving of the Torah!

Messianic Torah Observant Israel
Episode 707: Afterburn | Thoughts, Q&A on Evil | Part 3

Messianic Torah Observant Israel

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 66:15


Some of the topics covered are:• Room to grow?• He did not sin with his lips?• Not dealing with it and Worthlessness• Putting passion into making yourself ready• What do I do when I don't agree with a teaching?• Do you have a “hedge” around you?• Is it “evil” to teach that the law (Torah) is void?• Could we do anything “unavoidable” to bring evil on ourselves?• I'm being attacked for being blessed!• Rapid fire questions and answers• Is there a problem with reading books written by Christians?… and much more!Don't miss out on new teachings every week. Please click on the "LIKE" button if this podcast has been a blessing to you.For more information about MTOI (Messianic Torah Observant Israel), visit our website, https://mtoi.org.Join us on Social media!  Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mtoiworldwideFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mtoiworldwide/Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mtoiworldwideWe are located in Cleveland TN. If you would like to know more about us, we would love to hear from you! Feel free to visit us on our website, https://mtoi.org, email us at admin@mtoi.org or call us at 423-250-3020. Join us for Shabbat Services & Torah Study LIVE Streamed on our Main YouTube Channel every Saturday at 1:15 pm (EST) and every Tuesday for Torah Study Live Stream at 6:30 pm (EST).

Discovering your Hebrew Roots with Beit Tehila | Pastor Nick Plummer & Ryan Cabrera
Christians with Torah - S5:E15 - Interview: Roy Kendall - Ryan Cabrera

Discovering your Hebrew Roots with Beit Tehila | Pastor Nick Plummer & Ryan Cabrera

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 61:47


In this episode, Ryan interviews Roy Kendall from SOWIJ.com Listen in to hear about the amazing testimony Roy has about God's provision through years of ministry.

The Mordy Shteibel's Podcast (Rabbi Binyomin Weinrib)
Ben Torah for Life (39) Finding Real Joy in Life

The Mordy Shteibel's Podcast (Rabbi Binyomin Weinrib)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 20:46


Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Institute for Jewish Continuity

TALMUD TORAH: Bracha Strimber in loving memory of her husband, Avi Strimber, אבהרם בן קלמן אליעזר הלוי ז'ל. Avi Tobias in appreciation for all of Rabbi Silber's incredible Torah. His love for the Torah is evident in the Daf that he gives everyday. If you would like to sponsor a shiur, please contact our office at office@suburbanorthodox.org.

Daily Halacha Podcast - Daily Halacha By Rabbi Eli J. Mansour
Doing Favors for the Lender in Lieu of Interest

Daily Halacha Podcast - Daily Halacha By Rabbi Eli J. Mansour

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 2:00


The Rambam (Rabbi Moshe Maimonides, Spain-Egypt, 1135-1204), in Hilchot Malveh Ve'loveh (5:12), establishes that the Torah prohibition of Ri'bitt, which forbids taking interest on loans from a fellow Jew, includes demanding favors from the borrower as a condition on the loan. Not only may the lender not demand that the borrower pay money or valuables in exchange for the loan, he may also not demand that he perform favors, such as studying Torah with him. Since the borrower does the favor as compensation for the time he was allowed to retain the lender's money, this arrangement constitutes Ri'bitt and is forbidden.This Halacha applies even if the borrower customarily studied with the lender before the loan was given. Since the lender specifically stipulated that the loan is granted on condition that the borrower continues studying with him, this constitutes Ri'bitt, despite the fact that the borrower in any event had been regularly studying with the lender. Rabbi Moshe Halevi (Israel, 1961-2001) codifies this Halacha in his work Milveh Hashem (p. 307).Summary: The prohibition against receiving or paying interest includes not only monetary interest payments, but also doing favors for the lender. Even if the borrower regularly did a certain favor for the lender before receiving the loan, the lender may not stipulate that he gives the loan on condition that the borrower continues providing the given service.

Modern Jewish Girl
Growing Through Pain: Torah Lessons of Comfort and Guidance

Modern Jewish Girl

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 18:16


We all go through challenges. I've been going through a several-year challenge and when I came upon a recent Torah teaching, it gave me a lot of comfort. Then it seemed like everywhere I turned, I was learning new insights into how to grow through pain and suffering. I share these lessons on the Podcast today, through the lens of my own challenges, in hopes that it will inspire you to grow through your pain. Click here for all things Modern Jewish GirlReferences:·      Living Emunah on the Parashah, Rabbi David Ashear (Parsha Vayechi) ·      Yehudis Golshevsky, Zohar on the Parsha, Shiviti 

Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran
Moed Katan 8 - January 20, 18 Shvat

Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 47:33


Study Guide Moed Katan 8 Pictures Today’s daf is sponsored by Shira Eliaser in honor of Ellen Jaffe Cogan's birthday. “Happy birthday to a lifelong Torah learner, a devoted Jewish woman, and a very special Bubbie. With love from her children and grandchildren too.” Today’s daf is sponsored by Judy & David Gilberg in loving memory of Judy's sister, Hanna Cohn, Chana Sara Bat Meir Tuvyan v'Eshkah, on her 20th yahrzeit.  There were two different opinions about which verse teaches us that a person, clothing or house is not leprous until it is pronounced by the kohen to be leprous. Why does each not use the verse that the other brought? How does Rabbi Yehuda derive it from the verse “and on the day…”? Abaye and Rava each understand it differently and this affects whether or not they derive that the kohen must rule on a leprous mark during the day from this verse or from a different verse, which affects the derivations of other details of a leper as well. Can one do likut atzamot (collection of bones for burial after the flesh has disintegrated) on chol hamoed? Is it considered a happy occasion or one that stirs up sad emotions? One cannot bring a eulogizer to encourage others to be sad along with him/her if it is within thirty days of the holiday. What is the reason for this? One cannot dig burial crypts or graves on chol hamoed. But one can dig a water ditch (for what use?) and make a coffin. Do the boards for the coffin need to be ready before the holiday? One cannot get married or perform yibum (levirate marriage), but one can remarry one who he divorced. A woman can put on makeup but Rabbi Yehuda doesn’t think she should put on lime because it will cause her discomfort. The Mishna lists some laws about other types of work that will be dealt with more in-depth in the Gemara. Why can’t one get married on chol hamoed? One answer is that one cannot mix one happiness with another. The second answer is that one will ignore the mitzva to be happy on the holiday as one will be busy being happy with one’s spouse. A third answer is because of the hard work involved in preparing for a wedding. A fourth answer is that one may push off the wedding until the holiday so that one can combine the wedding and holiday feasts and this will cause a delay in fulfilling the mitzva to procreate.

Tanach Study
Yeshayahu Perek 13: Destruction of Babel

Tanach Study

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022


Yeshayahu Perek 13: Destruction of Babel This perek in Sefer Yeshayahu is taught by Rabbi Albert Setton TanachStudy.com  

The Q & A with Rabbi Breitowitz Podcast
Q&A- Shidduchim, Slavery & Politicians

The Q & A with Rabbi Breitowitz Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 94:32


Would you like to sponsor an episode? A series? We'd love to hear from you : podcasts@ohr.edu https://podcasts.ohr.edu/ Visit us @ ohr.edu    00:00 Why can we pronounce or give people names with Hashem's name in it (such as Raphael, Gavriel, etc.)?   01:17 Why do we say “halleluka”?   02:56 Should we be davening for a shidduch at the right time or as soon as possible?   07:51 Why is there seemingly fewer gedolim than in generations before?   15:42 Are the 13 principles of faith deoraissa and why is there such an emphasis on Techias HaMeisim?   25:20 How do we understand Ashkenazic lighter skin color in accordance with the indigenous features of the Middle East and Avraham's origins?    27:23 In regards to a Canaanite slave, how do we reconcile the morality of slavery through a Torah lens?    36:53 Why can't a Canaanite slave be a Noahide follower?    44:47 Are people who don't know they're Jewish considered Jewish?   52:58 Is there an overlap of Jewish and Stoic philosophies?   58:04 As a Baal Teshuva, how do we catch up for Maaser we may have missed?    1:00:09 Do you give Maaser after taxes?   1:01:48 Do you have to pay Maaser on unrealized gains?   1:05:15 How do we understand the proverb one who hates gifts lives long, since Judaism puts such an importance on giving?   1:08:09 Are politicians puppets or do they have free will?   1:11:57 Was there anyone that created their own form of the Talmud aside from Rebbe?   1:14:53 Is it is possible for a kiddush Hashem to come from a non-religious Jew?   1:16:17 How did a Rishon with the name “Akiva” in his name understand how to spell his name?   1:17:25 What are practical ways to anticipate Mashiach (in preparation for the questions at the end of one's life)?   1:18:50 How can we bring Mashiach in today's age if we are so much lower spiritually than previous generations?   1:22:42 How do we view the chashuvos of living in Israel?   1:26:04 How do we understand the longing of the Chofetz Chaim to come to Israel but he didn't?   1:29:35 Could someone become as Kabballistically attuned as the Arizal today?   1:31:28 What lessons did the Rav take from his time in law school?     Produced by: Cedar Media Studios    

Israel News Talk Radio
Living the Ten Commandments - News From The Torah

Israel News Talk Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 42:43


From the Texas hostage taking to the Israeli conversion reform, the 10 commandments are as relevant today as the day they were given News From The Torah 19JAN2022 - PODCAST

The Mordy Shteibel's Podcast (Rabbi Binyomin Weinrib)
Sfas Emes on Yisro (2) Nature or Torah and Mitzvos

The Mordy Shteibel's Podcast (Rabbi Binyomin Weinrib)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 9:01


Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Institute for Jewish Continuity
Tehillim & Torah | Chapter 69/Yisro

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Institute for Jewish Continuity

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 53:01


To view the video online, please visit https://youtu.be/5B7FMiHLK28

Daily Halacha Podcast - Daily Halacha By Rabbi Eli J. Mansour
Lending Money on Condition that the Borrower Fulfills a Wish of the Lender

Daily Halacha Podcast - Daily Halacha By Rabbi Eli J. Mansour

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 3:25


The Torah prohibition of Ri'bitt (receiving or paying interest) applies not only to the payment of interest, but also to acquiescing to the lender's will as a condition on the loan. Thus, for example, as Rabbi Moshe Halevi (Israel, 1961-2001) writes in his work Milveh Hashem (p. 159), one may not lend money to his fellow Jew on condition that he – the borrower – gives money to a third party, even to a gentile. Even though the lender does not receive any interest payment, this arrangement is nevertheless forbidden because the borrower must fulfill the lender's wish in exchange for receiving the loan. This applies even if the lender demands that the borrower pay money to a charitable cause, such as a poor person or a Yeshiva. Since the borrower must acquiesce to the lender's will and fulfill his wishes in exchange for the loan, this constitutes Ri'bitt and transgresses a Torah prohibition.In fact, a lender may not even demand that the borrower take money or one of his possessions and cast it to the river or otherwise destroy it. Even though nobody derives any benefit from the borrower's fulfilling the lender's wishes, imposing this condition nevertheless constitutes Ri'bitt because the borrower is required to fulfill the lender's wishes in exchange for the loan. (Milveh Hashem p. 160)The Sages extended this prohibition to cases where the lender gives the loan on condition that the borrower approaches a third party and asks in the lender's name that he give him a certain object or sum of money. Even though the borrower in this case actually receives something, rather than pays, as a condition for the loan, this arrangement is forbidden because it requires the borrower to acquiesce to the lender's wishes in exchange for the loan. As mentioned, however, this arrangement is forbidden only on the level of Rabbinic enactment, and does not transgress the Torah prohibition of Ri'bitt. (Milveh Hashem, p. 161)Summary: A lender may not give a loan on condition that the borrower fulfills his wishes, such as by paying money to a third party or even giving money to charity or destroying money. Even if the lender hinges the loan on the condition that the borrower ask a third party to give him (the borrower) something, this arrangement is forbidden.

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Institute for Jewish Continuity

TALMUD TORAH: Bracha Strimber in loving memory of her husband, Avi Strimber, אבהרם בן קלמן אליעזר הלוי ז'ל. Avi Tobias in appreciation for all of Rabbi Silber's incredible Torah. His love for the Torah is evident in the Daf that he gives everyday. DAF YOMI: Jacob and Eli Kates to commemorate the yahrtzeit of Jacob's grandfather, Yissochor Dov Ben Meir (Buddy Silver) on Yud Zayin Shevat. If you would like to sponsor a shiur, please contact our office at office@suburbanorthodox.org.

YUTORAH: R' Efrem Goldberg -- Recent Shiurim
Ten Minutes of Meaning (Part 152): Kavod Ha'Torah

YUTORAH: R' Efrem Goldberg -- Recent Shiurim

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 10:16


Douglas Jacoby Podcast
SOTM 35-Gold

Douglas Jacoby Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 10:11


For additional notes and resources check out Douglas' website.“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12). CommentThis sentence sums up much of what Jesus has been teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, i.e. the ethical parts of Matt 5-6.God is good to us, a loving Father. We too should reflect his divine love.This verse is called the Golden Rule. Whereas the Golden rule says Do unto others…, the Silver rule only says Don't do unto others…Early Christians frequently paraphrase the Golden Rule both in the positive form and the negative form (e.g. Romans 13:10; Didache 1.2; Origen, Commentary on Romans 2.9.1.)While the Golden Rule implies the Silver Rule, the Silver Rule does not imply the Golden Rule.The Golden Rule embraces all of Jesus' teachings about loving our neighbor, and Jesus gave both positive commands and negative commands. For example, we are not to be angry or to insult others. We are not to lust or desire someone else's spouse. Nobody likes being physically, emotionally or verbally abused. No one wants to be slandered, cheated, assaulted, or robbed.To hurt others is hardly praiseworthy—it's the minimum standard of human decency!The Silver Rule is much easier to follow than the Golden Rule.The Silver Rule is already written in the hearts of all humans (Rom 2:15).Chrysostom: “Jesus signifies that morality is concise, easy, and readily known to all men.” Homilies on Matthew 23.6.Examples of the Silver & Golden Rules in the world's philosophies and religionsExamples of the Silver & Golden Rules in the world's philosophies and religions:Jainism: “A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated.” — Sutrakritanga, 1.11.33 [Golden Rule]Seneca the Younger: "Treat your inferior as you would wish your superior to treat you.” [form of the Golden Rule]Islam: “A bedouin came to the prophet, grabbed the stirrup of his camel and said: O the messenger of God! Teach me something to go to heaven with it. The Prophet said: ‘As you would have people do to you, do to them; and what you dislike to be done to you, don't do to them. Now let the stirrup go!'" — Kitab al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 146. [Golden Rule and Silver Rules]. Although such sayings may be genuine, these hadith are not found in the Qur'an, which does not feature the Golden Rule.Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.”— Udanavarga 5:18 [Silver Rule]Confucius: “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.” — Analects XV.24 [Silver Rule]Zoroastrianism: “Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.” — Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29 [Silver Rule]Old Testament Apocrypha: “Do to no one what you yourself dislike.” — Tobit 4:15 [Silver Rule]Hillel: “What is hateful to you, do not to your neighbor: that is the whole Torah; the rest is commentary; go and learn it.” — Shabbat 31a (Babylonian Talmud) [Silver Rule]Sextus: "What you do not want to happen to you, do not do it yourself either. " — Sextus the Pythagorean. [Weak form of the Silver Rule]Mahabharata: One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one's own self. This, in brief, is the rule of dharma. Other behavior is due to selfish desires. — Mahābhārata, Shānti-Parva 167:9 [Silver Rule]The medical principle: “Do no harm.” [Silver Rule]Christianity: So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12).A Proactive Rule:“Jesus' Golden Rule is unique in that it requires positive action. The Golden Rule not only requires us to refrain from doing to others what we would not have done to us, but also to proactively do to others what we would want done to us. It is not enough that we do not harm others. We also must actively be doing good things to our neighbor. Jesus not only calls on us to turn the other cheek, but also to be peacemakers and to love our enemies. We must pray for those who persecute us, give to the poor, and forgive others. All of these are the outworking of love.”—David BercotAs one commentator has pointed out, "The Golden Rule [is] just eleven words; by contrast, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the U.S. government's attempt to oblige ethical character into the financial statements of American corporations, has eleven titles (major sections). It is one of the most complicated pieces of legislation in the history of the American republic and, in the economies of scale, places a disproportionate burden on small companies which were not the cause of the adoption." (Richard David Ramsey, "Business Ethics in the Sermon on the Mount," Leaven: A Journal of Christian Ministry (Pepperdine University), vol.16, no.4, Fourth Quarter 2009. How convoluted are human attempts to exact honesty and fairness! How simple is the command Jesus gave us!In short, the Golden Rule is more easily repeated than followed.Next: Narrow 

Tanach Study
Yeshayahu Perek 12: Thanksgiving

Tanach Study

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022


Yeshayahu Perek 12: Thanksgiving This perek in Sefer Yeshayahu is taught by Rabbi Albert Setton TanachStudy.com  

Accidental Gods
The UnderTorah: Exploring an Earth-Based Kabbalah of Dreams with Rabbi Jill Hammer

Accidental Gods

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 66:47


Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD, is an author, scholar, ritualist, poet, midrashist, and dreamworker. She is the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic seminary, and cofounder of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, a program in earth-based, embodied, feminist Jewish spiritual leadership. Her prior works include Return to the Place: The Magic, Meditation, and Mystery of Sefer Yetzirah (Ben Yehuda Press, 2020); The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Visions of Jewish Women's Spiritual Leadership (with Taya Shere) (Ben Yehuda Press, 2015); The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons (Jewish Publication Society, 2006); Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women (Jewish Publication Society, 2004); and The Book of Earth and Other Mysteries (Lulu, 2016). She and her family live in Manhattan.North American listeners can PreOrder Jill's book here: https://ayinpress.org/undertorah/UK and Europe: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Undertorah-An-Earth-Based-Kabbalah-of-Dreams-by-Jill-Hammer/9781532362002Rabbi Jill Episode 12: https://accidentalgods.life/episode-12/

Wisdom's Echo
Torah & Prayer (Part 2) by Karl Whitehead

Wisdom's Echo

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 13:47


Torah & Prayer (Part 2) by Karl Whitehead

All Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe Podcasts
Parsha: Yisro – Deathrow and Jethro

All Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 56:06


The eponymous protagonist of our Parsha – Moshe's father-in-law, Jethro – makes three appearances in the Torah. His story, at first glance, seems wholly unremarkable. His greatest claim to fame was the fact that Moshe married his daughter. But the Torah revisits this interesting and compelling character again and again, and his narrative is positioned […]

Parsha Podcast - By Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe
Yisro – Deathrow and Jethro

Parsha Podcast - By Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 56:06


The eponymous protagonist of our Parsha – Moshe's father-in-law, Jethro – makes three appearances in the Torah. His story, at first glance, seems wholly unremarkable. His greatest claim to fame was the fact that Moshe married his daughter. But the Torah revisits this interesting and compelling character again and again, and his narrative is positioned […]

TheYeshiva.net - Most Recent Classes
Yisro Vs. Moshe: When Torah Knowledge Breeds Arrogance, It Corrupts Judaism

TheYeshiva.net - Most Recent Classes

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 81:46


Women's Yisro Class: This weekly women's class waspresented on Tuesday, Parshas Yisro, 16 Shevat, 5782, January 18, 2022, at Bais Medrash Ohr Chaim in Monsey, NY.

The Shmuz
The Marriage Seminar: The Hidden Secret of Appreciation

The Shmuz

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 59:55


Every smart young couple starts their marriage with the same dreams, goals and ideals. They're one hundred percent sure that they will live in married bliss forever. Until they aren't. Until the bickering, fighting and loneliness become second nature and they are left wondering where they went wrong. Unfortunately, making a happy marriage is not intuitive, and most couples make the same fatal errors when trying to build their Torah home. They're not aware that these minor infractions are ruining the most precious relationship of their life.

Wondering Jews
Episode 65: Searching for Duckzilla in the Wizarding World

Wondering Jews

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 48:15


To kick off 2022,  the boys pack bowls of Duckzilla - a homemade cross between Ducksfoot and Vanilla Gorilla and rip into the headlines. Then, they wonder how Jews and Cannabis influenced the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Later, the boys dust off the old random number generator and dig into commandment #410 in the not so weekly segment, the 613 of the week!   While you're reading this, help us grow the show! Check out our new  $1/month Big Spender level, and of course our $4.20/month Tokin' Supporter, and $10/month Bubbe Kush levels on Patreon! And if you dig the show, please leave a review wherever you get your podcasts. Follow us on Twitter: @JewsWondering  and become our besties on Facebook: @JewsWondering.  Or email us at WonderingJewsPodcast@gmail.com. Headlines from this episode: NASA Hired A Bunch Of Theologians To Study How People Will React To Discovering AliensDEA Wants To Help Parents Decode The Emojis Young People Use To Discuss Marijuana And Other ‘Bomb Ass' DrugsBrazilian court fines American Airlines for 'emotional suffering' to passengers denied kosher foodPick a card, or let it pick you: Oakland artist Ava Sakaya Rosen's Torah-inspired tarot deck Former champ Yuri Foreman is now the ‘Vegan Boxing Rabbi,' certifying kosher doughnutsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/wonderingjews)

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Institute for Jewish Continuity

TALMUD TORAH: Bracha Strimber in loving memory of her husband, Avi Strimber, אבהרם בן קלמן אליעזר הלוי ז'ל. Avi Tobias in appreciation for all of Rabbi Silber's incredible Torah. His love for the Torah is evident in the Daf that he gives everyday. If you would like to sponsor a shiur, please contact our office at office@suburbanorthodox.org.

Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran
Moed Katan 6 - January 18, 16 Shvat

Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 46:20


Study Guide Moed Katan 6 Pictures Today’s daf is sponsored by Sara Berelowitz in honor of her son Tani Sterman who passed the bar exam!  Today’s daf is sponsored by Shira Hannah Fischer in honor of Rabbanit Michelle Farber and all the amazing women learning every day. Today’s daf is sponsored by Debbie Aschheim & Robert Weiss (NYC) For a refuah shleima for Jackie Bitensky - Yaacova Ariella Bat Fruma. “Jackie: Your very recent FB posts embody what Rabbi Abbahu taught on yesterday’s (Tu b’Shevat) daf (Moed Katan 5a/Michelle Farber at 27:30 minutes) and provide an opportunity for the public to pray for mercy and healing on your behalf. May the prayers of multitudes, including those of the Hadran family, result in your speedy and complete recovery. Refuah shlema.” Rabbi Yehuda says that one doesn’t assume a field had a body buried there that was plowed unless an elder or a Torah scholar says so. What do we learn from this about Torah scholars? If graves were marked by rocks and limestone, what can one learn from the particular formation about where the graves are located? The Mishna states that chol hamoed was a time when they would send messengers from the court to uproot diverse kinds that were growing in people’s fields that they themselves did not uproot. The Mishna in Shekalim says it was done on the 15th of Adar. What is each one referring to? Why specifically was this done on chol hamoed? What is the measurement for a diverse kind that needs to be uprooted? When the representative of the court come, what do they do? How did this change over time and why? The Mishna discusses debates between Rabbi Eliezer ben Yaakov and the rabbis regarding certain watering issues - one can make a channel from one tree to another but not in a way that the whole field (a field that is usually sustained by rainwater) will get watered or is this also permitted? If a field is not used to being watered, does that mean that one cannot water is on chol hamoed as this may be defined as no financial loss? Rav Yehuda holds that even if one cannot water the whole field, if the field was moist but dried up, one can water it as it will be a loss. Can one sprinkle water on a field on chol hamoed? In the shmita year? Is it permissible to trap moles and mice so they don’t ruin the fields? On what does it depend? 

Tanach Study
Yeshayahu Perek 11: Messianic Bliss

Tanach Study

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022


Yeshayahu Perek 11: Messianic Bliss This perek in Sefer Yeshayahu is taught by Rabbi Albert Setton TanachStudy.com  

Jewish History with Rabbi Dr. Dovid Katz
Is unity more important than mitzvah-observance?

Jewish History with Rabbi Dr. Dovid Katz

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 33:22


Was the Torah originally supposed to be given on the Egyptian border?

The Shmuz
Parshas Yisro- Cognitive Restructuring

The Shmuz

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 47:14


Live your truth. Love is love. You do you. You're worth it. Just do it. These are some of the phrases common in today's culture. The problem is, they are completely at odds with Torah hashkafa. Lo sachmod beis rayecha. Lo sachmod aishes rayecha. Do not desire your friend's house. Your friend's wife. In fact, don't desire anything that belongs to him. So says the aseres hadibros in this week's parsha. But why not? Society cries. ‘How can I deny my feelings? Why should I oppress my love for this person? Why can't I have the house I want, the car I want? Afterall, I can split the payments, put it on the credit card…' This week's podcast invites you to embrace a complete paradigm shift. The Torah tells us we can and must control our thinking, our emotions and our actions. We are held accountable to a high standard. How can we train our brain to become more elevated, more holy and simply nicer people? Catch this week's episode and prepare to be empowered to change your basest desires and become a better version of yourself.

MyLife: Chassidus Applied
Ep. 388: What Can We Learn From Yesterday's Hostage Crisis in Texas?

MyLife: Chassidus Applied

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 76:53


Rabbi Jacobson will discuss the following topics: Chassidus Applied to 15 ShevatWhat do we learn from trees? Should we water our plants on the Rosh Hashana of Trees? Lessons from YisroWhat is the relevance of Sinai today? Why was the Torah given in a way that frightened the people? How do we reconcile the Jews accepting the Torah without question, and then trembling when they heard G-d's voice? Did we receive the entire Torah at Sinai or only the Ten Commandments? Is there a connection between Yisro advising Moshe to delegate and the Rebbe sending out thousands of shluchim? Yud Shevat follow-upDuring the Yud Shevat Farbrengen 5711, did someone ask the rebbe to say a maamar? What's the story about the newspaper announcing the Rebbe's assuming leadership? What is the shechina? And how can it be concealed? What can we learn from yesterday's hostage crisis in Texas? Do these things happen to elicit our prayers and tehillim? What attitude should we have to the recent auction of personal items of the Rebbeim? Can one use a pig's heart for a heart transplant? Should we be applauding the launch of a new telescope that can peer back to the beginning of existence? How should we address the recent abuse scandal? Follow-up Chassidus question: What is the meaning of the statement that “without Ohr the world would be dark and separate from its creator” - doesn't all of life come from Ohr?

Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist
Ep. 215 - Yitro with Jon Adam Ross

Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 74:13


In[heir]ited wisdom isn't the end all and be all of our knowledge—we learn best when we're able to share these stories with others and learn from their stories as well. Not only do we learn this from Moses and Yitro in this week's portion, but we also get the benefit of learning from collaborative creator extraordinaire—JAR!—that is, Jon Adam Ross of the In[HEIR]itance Project. Hear about how we can use collaborative art to create communities, take new ownership of the text, and inspire an individual idea of what makes Torah tick. We also welcome Abi Oshins, second-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College as our Q&A guest. To continue the conversation: In[HEIR]itance Project: Inheiritance.org In[HEIR]itance Project on Facebook: @InheiritanceProject In[HEIR]itance Project on Instagram: @InheiritanceProject Abi's Instagram: @AbiOshins Show the love with some Drinking and Drashing: Torah with a Twist merchandise at store.drinkinganddrashing.com, and don't forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Apple Podcasts—it's a great way to help our show grow! Edited by Kate Griffin

Nehemia's Wall Podcast
Torah Pearls #17 – Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23)

Nehemia's Wall Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 79:59


This episode of The Original Torah Pearls, Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23), is dedicated to Nehemia's faithful canine companion, Georgia the Rhodesian Ridgeback, who sadly passed away the day of this recording. In her honor, the trio has a fascinating discussion on the … Continue reading → The post Torah Pearls #17 – Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23) appeared first on Nehemia's Wall.

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Institute for Jewish Continuity

TALMUD TORAH: Bracha Strimber in loving memory of her husband, Avi Strimber, אבהרם בן קלמן אליעזר הלוי ז'ל. Avi Tobias in appreciation for all of Rabbi Silber's incredible Torah. His love for the Torah is evident in the Daf that he gives everyday. DAY OF LEARNING: Pearl Katz in honor of Rabbi Shmuel Silber for his unbelievable commitment to his Kehilla and Klal Yisroel with his Torah learning. May his parents, family and all of us continue to be zoche to the Geula Sheleima b'korov. May it also be a Zchus and an Aliyas Neshoma for Zev ben Yosef z'l, our father who was deaf all his life and couldn't learn but lived it to the fullest. If you would like to sponsor a shiur, please contact our office at office@suburbanorthodox.org.

Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran
Moed Katan 5 - January 17, 15 Shvat, Tu B'Shvat

Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 46:57


Study Guide Moed Katan 5 Pictures Today’s daf is sponsored by David and Mitzi Geffen in loving memory of Rabbanit Sara Hene Rabinowitz Geffen on her yahrzeit. “She and her husband Rav Tuvia Geffen, Rabbi of Shearith Israel in Atlanta, brought up their 8 children in a life of learning. Seven of her grandchildren live in Israel.” Today’s daf is sponsored by Talia Kirshenbaum in honor of Arielle Frankston Morris. “Thank you for encouraging and inspiring us to jump back on the daf yomi bandwagon for Masechet Megillah. Tizki le'Mitzvot!” Today’s daf is sponsored by Vered Wexler in loving memory of her grandmother, Morti Margret Renta Sara Bat Lilu. One can fix a water channel that is broken but can one dig a new one on chol hamoed if it is needed for the public? Rabbi Yaakov in the name of Rabbi Yochanan permits, however, a question is raised against him from a braita that clearly states that digging is not permitted. However, it is unclear if the braita is referring to a case where it is needed by the public or not.  There are different ways to read the braita. Can our Mishna provide support for Rabbi Yochanan as well? Where is the source in the Torah for the need to make a sign on a grave for kohanim to know not to pass over there? There are many different verses brought to answer this question. Places that have impurity that can be imparted by a tent need marking but not ones that only pass on impurity through touching or carrying. One cannot place markers on chol hamoed if it is clear to all there is a grave there. But if there is a doubt, such as overhanging trees and rocks, and a beit hapras, then markers can be put up on chol hamoed. What are the cases of overhanging trees and rocks and a beit hapras? There are three cases that can be considered a beit hapras. Rav Papa thinks that not all cases of a beit hapras require markers. Which one does not? Why? 

Tanach Study
Yeshayahu Perek 10: Destruction of Ashur

Tanach Study

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022


Yeshayahu Perek 10: Destruction of Ashur This perek in Sefer Yeshayahu is taught by Rabbi Albert Setton TanachStudy.com  

Take One Daf Yomi
Take One: Moed Katan 4 and 5

Take One Daf Yomi

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 15:59


Today's Daf Yomi pages, Moed Katan 4 and 5, tell us about Rabban Gamliel and his decision to... overrule the Torah? Rabbi Meni Even-Israel, the executive director of the Steinsaltz Center in Jerusalem, joins us to explain this unlikely occurrence and the man who had the courage to assert his rabbinic authority. What can we learn about leadership from the wise ancient rabbi? Listen and find out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Orthodox Conundrum: Challenges in Jewish Orthodoxy
The Tragic Consequences of Daat Torah Done Wrong (95)

Orthodox Conundrum: Challenges in Jewish Orthodoxy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 32:56


Accepting "Daat Torah" nowadays usually means believing that the greatest Torah scholars have unusual insight in areas outside of Jewish law and thought; for this reason, a person should or even must ask their opinion before doing… well, perhaps anything. Minimally, even communal matters that are not halachic issues per se require consultation with the authorities before moving forward. Scott discusses this concept and explains why he thinks that even people who can accept it in theory should reject its modern incarnation. This is not a halachic analysis, and it is not intended to be comprehensive. Rather, it is a series of reflections on the ways that Daat Torah has gone wrong, and how the way it is understood today causes terrible damage to Jews and Torah Judaism. Please listen to and share this podcast, and let us know what you think on the Orthodox Conundrum Discussion Group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/432020081498108). Thanks to all of our Patreon subscribers, who have access to bonus JCH podcasts, merch, and more - we appreciate your help, and hope you really enjoy the extras! Visit the JCH Patreon site at https://www.patreon.com/jewishcoffeehouse. Check out https://jewishcoffeehouse.com/ for the Orthodox Conundrum and other great podcasts, and remember to subscribe to them on your favorite podcast provider. Also visit https://www.jchpodcasts.com/ to learn all about creating your own podcast. Music: "Happy Rock" by bensound.com

Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran
Megillah 32 - January 13, 11 Shvat

Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2022 34:04


Siyum Masechet Megillah is sponsored by Sharon Goldberg in loving memory of her father, Yechezkel ben Yerachmiel, on the occasion of his yahrzeit on the 11th of Shevat. “He was a kind and gentle man, a devoted son and brother, and a wonderful father and grandfather. Yehi zichro baruch.” Siyum Masechet Megilah is sponsored by Rina and Tzachi Goldberg in loving memory of Chaim Schalom Ben Aharon Mendel Kurz on his 46th yahrzeit on the 26th of Shvat, and to Penina Bat Yechezkel Goldberg on her 13th yahrzeit on the 21st of Adar. "She shares a yahrzeit with her ancestor, the Noam Elimelech." Siyum Masechet Megillah is sponsored by Sharon Russ and family in memory of her mother, Sima bat Estreya, who just had her Shloshim. “My mother was taken from us suddenly and tragically. She was born in the Old City of Jerusalem, in 1942. She faced many challenges in her life, including her visual disability from birth, and persevered with profound faith, strength, and determination. Although she wasn't given the opportunity to study past 8thgrade, she was extremely wise, and all gravitated to her to get advice, love and support. She was totally devoted to her family, giving unconditional love (tough love if necessary. As kids we called her the drill sergeant). She was adventurous and full of life and spread joy and happiness to all. She touched the lives of so many and will be sorely missed. May her neshama have an aliya.” Today's learning is sponsored by Emma and Richard Rinberg for a refuah shleima for their beloved daughter Rachel, Rachel Ophira bat Nechama Leah Esther.  What do you do to the Torah before and during the recitation of the blessings over the Torah? Does the Torah need to be covered during the blessing? If so, why? Who is chosen to be the one to roll the Torah? Is it considered a bigger honor than reading from the Torah? Can one rely on a voice one hears to help make a decision?  What are two possible interpretations of a verse in Ezekiel 20:25 that God has given us "statutes that are not good and judgments whereby they shall not live"?  From where do we learn that on each holiday a portion relating to that day should be read? The Gemara brings a braita that stresses the importance of learning on each holiday the laws connected with that holiday. Download the text for the Siyum Masechet Megillah Ceremony.

Xai, how are you?
101a. Jewish Liberation Fund

Xai, how are you?

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2022 47:25


Joanna Ware and Jordan Gershon Mann of the Jewish Liberation Fund join us today to talk funding the left, the woes of Torah scholars, Rabban Gamliel and redistribution of power. Check out and support JLF at https://www.jewishliberation.fund/ ! Visit our website to ask us questions at xaihowareyou.com and call or Text the Talmud Hotline at 401-484-1619 and leave us a voicemail! Support us on patreon at patreon.com/xaihowareyou. Follow us on twitter @xaihowareyou and @miss_figured. Music by Ben Schreiber.

Seforimchatter
With Eli Rubin discussing Rabbi Shmuel Schneerson of Lubavitch ("Maharash," 1834 - 1882)

Seforimchatter

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2022 73:48


#119.** Sponsored by Cell Signal Solutions. Call CSS for all your in building wireless systems. Specializing in ARCS, ERCES and Cellular DAS. Give them a call: 732-289-0388 or www.cellsignalsolutions.com**With Eli Rubin discussing Rabbi Shmuel Schneerson of Lubavitch ("Maharash," 1834 - 1882)We discussed the bio of Maharash, the Zemach Zedek, the split in Chabad between Maharash and his older brother Maharil, sources regarding the split, Maharash's personality and style, his style and type of Torah, and more 

Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran
Moed Katan 4 - January 16, 14 Shvat

Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2022 49:15


Study Guide Moed Katan 4 Pictures This week’s learning is sponsored by Debbie Pine and Mark Orenshein in loving memory of their father’s Harry Pine, Noach Aharon ben Yaakov v’Devorah’s 20th yahrzeit on Tu B’shvat and Herb Orenshein, Tzvi ben Yehuda v’Minna’s shloshim, on the 19th Tevet. “Neither of our fathers had the benefit of a formal Jewish education and yet both of them were committed to providing that for us. They were proud of their families and our dedication to Torah-true Judaism. They would love our commitment to Daf Yomi and how we often learn the daf together. They would be especially appreciative of Rabbanit Michelle who has made the daf accessible to those didn’t grow up learning gemara through her intentionally inclusive style of teaching. We miss them every day. Yehi zichram Baruch”. Today’s daf is sponsored by Ronnie Rom in honor of her sister, Joanna Rom’s 70th birthday. “Thank you for being my sister & may you go from strength to strength!”  Today's daf is dedicated by Becki Goldstein in memory of her mother Shoshana Rosa bat Shmuel and Minda Lea. My mother would be so proud and humbled to share this learning with all these special women men worldwide. A self-made woman who attained her high school diploma at the tender age of 70, she would strive all her life to deepen and expand her Torah learning and after she made aliyah she would encourage her children and grandchildren to share their store of knowledge with her. She thanked Hashem every day for the gift of being able to be here with us and we had the zchut to learn with her and from her and make many precious memories together. Yehi Zichra Baruch. Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Yishmael differ on tosefet shviit (adding on time before and after the shmita year) whether it is a Torah law or a halakha l’Moshe mi’Sinai. Rabbi Akiva learns it from the verse “And one should rest from plowing and reaping.” Rabbi Yishmael holds that the verse is referring to Shabbat and it is coming to teach that only actions that are optional are forbidden on Shabbat but if the reaping is for a mitzva, such as the Omer, it is permitted on Shabbat. Rabbi Yochanan’s explanation of Rav Dimi’s statement is explained according to Rabbi Akiva that tosefet is from the Torah and one would have thought one would get lashes, but Rabban Gamliel learned by a gezeira shava that there is no law of tosefet. Rav Ashi questions this and explains Rabban Gamliel differently – he held like Rabbi Yishmael and that it was only for a time when the Temple was in existence. Once it was destroyed, there was no longer a law of tosefet. Why can’t a field be watered from a cistern filled with rainwater? Is it just because if we allow that, one may think it is permitted to use water drawn from a well. Or is it because the water level may drop to the point where one will need to draw it with a pail. A series of braitot are brought which have various cases of watering that are either permitted or forbidden. Comments of amoraim on each braita are brought. If the Mishna says one cannot dig circular ditches around a vine, why did Rav Yehuda allow the people of his city to do that? Why does Rabbi Elazar ben Azaria forbid digging a channel on the shmita year? Two answers are brought and questions are raised on each answer. One can fix a broken channel on Chol Hamoed. Under what circumstances?