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Eliezer Eisenberg
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Massei. The Disregarded Halacha of the Greenbelt
Again, here's the conclusion before the discussion. Our Parsha mentions that the cities given to the Leviim required a greenbelt.  We're all familiar with the concept when it comes to houses - there's a setback, or sideyard requirement, that mandates that n...

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Early Shabbos and Yahrtzeit קבלת שבת מוקדמת ויארצייט
I'm going to start with my conclusion. This is only my opinion, but, I think it's inarguable. The minhag/chiyuv/mitzva of Kaddish on a Yahrtzeit has nothing to do with your Kabbalas Shabbos or Yomtov. If the Yahrtzeit is on Friday, and you make an early Sha...

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Pinchas and Kehuna Gedola
This is the gist of Reb Meir Simcha in the Meshech Chochma here:  Pinchas' action, which saved Klal Yisrael from the devastating punishment that could have followed the sin of Bnos Mo'av, resulted in his being given Kehuna. Just kehuna would automatically h...

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Happy birthday to me
My shiur made a birthday party for me. As much as I can be confident they'll make a party, every year is fraught with fear for what kind of present they will think of. I've gotten snow blowers, Tasers, wristwatches, restaurant gift certificates, enormous ga...

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Chukas, Bamidbar 21:7. Foregiveness is Not Enough
The issur of Netira is to hold a hatred in one's heart for a non-actionable monetary offense. One is not obligated to forgive one who caused him emotional or physical suffering, but if the other asks mechila, he should be mocheil. Yoma 22b-23a ואמר רבי יוחנ...

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Mirrors
Please excuse this editorial comment, but I need to get it off my chest. Muslims that refuse to recognize that terrorism is a problem that is related to Islam are similar to Jews that refuse to recognize that lack of mentchlichkait in dinei momonus is someh...

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Olive Oil and Memory
I know better than to glance at scientific studies and say "Oh, that's what the Gemara says!" Nine times out of ten it doesn't mean anything, especially when it's so hard to know when the Gemara is being literal and when it's being symbolic. I learned my le...

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Shlach. When the Opposite of Reb Zeira's Rule Applies
I'm putting this up because I thought it was interesting and I don't want it to fall between the cracks. Please forgive the peculiarities - I don't have time to make it pretty. Reb Zeira's famous rule is that (for example in Menochos 13b)  כל הראוי לבילה אי...

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Shlach. When the Opposite of Reb Zeira's Rule Applies
I'm putting this up because I thought it was interesting and I don't want it to fall between the cracks. Please forgive the peculiarities - I don't have time to make it pretty. Reb Zeira's famous rule is that (for example in Menochos 13b)  כל הראוי לבילה אי...

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Behaaloscha, Bamidbar 9:7 and 11:4. Consuming Passions
There's an interesting contrast in our parsha between two groups.  Both had their basic needs, they were missing nothing essential, and both were distraught over their frustrated passion for something better. These are the Te'meiyim (9:7) and the Mis'onenim...
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