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Sof HaKayitz

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In this episode of Rega Shel Ivrit (A Moment of Hebrew), host and Master teacher Michal Nachmany teaches about Sof HaKayitz, the end of the Summer. We hope that you will join us again for future episodes. If there are specific words or themes that you would like Michal to discuss, please eMail her at MzMotek@gmail.com […]

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Nazir, Daf 6

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Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Joe Rosenstein looks at Masechet Nazir, Daf 6. The ceremony at the end of the nazir’s term is called “hitgalachat” because that is when his or her hair is cut (galach). Daf 6 focuses on the question of when hitgalachat takes place. If the term of […]

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Nazir, Daf 5

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Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Joe Rosenstein looks at Masechet Nazir, Daf 5. Today’s daf is focused on a Mishnah that states that if a person vows to be a nazir without setting a specific time limit, then the term of his or her n’zirut is 30 days. This term is […]

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Nazir, Daf 4

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Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Joe Rosenstein looks at Masechet Nazir, Daf 4. Today’s daf focuses on a vow to be a nazir like Samson and a vow to be a nazir for life; neither of these corresponds to the nazir described in Bamidbar (Numbers) since that nazir has a fixed […]

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Orthodoxy, Heresy and Women’s Equality

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Sharp words recently exchanged in the Jewish corners of the internet are extremely revealing about the challenges facing my friends in modern Orthodoxy. And they clarify why I am a heterodox, if generally traditional Jew. Rabbi Mordecai Willig, a senior figure at Yeshiva University, recently posted a d’var Torah in which he gave a full-throated […]

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Ki Teitzei: Our Responsibility

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For whom are we really responsible? This week’s Torah portion suggests it extends beyond ourselves. For more information about Rabbi Danny, please visit RabbiDanny.com The opening and closing music for this podcast is Coming Out of the Dark by Matt Stamm. http://media.blubrry.com/jcasttotalfeed/p/JCastNetwork.org/storage/TwoMinutes/182.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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Nazir, Daf 3

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Welcome to the Daily Daf Differently. In this episode, Joe Rosenstein looks at Masechet Nazir, Daf 3. Following up on a question in the previous daf, this episode discusses the question of why the nazir might be considered a sinner? This leads us to discuss the ceremony at the end of a period of n’zirut […]

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Fake It Till You Make It

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Rabbi Knopf’s Friday message for Parashat Re’eh (August 14, 2015). Most of us don’t live religious lives because we don’t believe in a commanding God. But what if we had the equation backwards?   http://media.blubrry.com/jcasttotalfeed/p/JCastNetwork.org/storage/Tisch/S057.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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Abraham’s Children Smash (Cultural) Idols

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A sermon by Rabbi David Ingber on Re’eh. For more information please visit romemu.org. http://media.blubrry.com/jcasttotalfeed/p/jcastnetwork.org/storage/romemu/303.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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Nazir, Daf 2

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The first chapter of Tractate Nazir focuses on the implications of the actual statement made by a person on whether and for how long he or she becomes a nazir. We begin today’s episode, dealing with the first page of Tractate Nazir, with a description of the three prohibitions of the nazir in Bamidbar (Numbers). A nazir is a person who vows not to partake of the fruit of the vine, not to be in contact with a corpse, and not to cut his or her hair. The episode continues with a discussion of the various perceptions of the nazir, and a set of questions that will be discussed in the first seven episodes of Tractate Nazir, including, Is there any link between the three prohibitions? Why would a person choose to be a nazir? What role did the nazir have in society? Was the nazir regarded favorably or unfavorable in Jewish history? The first Mishnah of the tractate includes a number of euphemisms and abbreviations that would make a person a nazir, including one that provokes the question in the gemara of whether a nazir is a sinner (!)

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