Nov 092017

Dedicated in memory of Shimon ben Yehuda Yirmiyahu.

Different statements of Rabbi Yehuda in the name of Rav are brought regarding mikvaot.   The mishna brings a basic argument between Rabbi Meir and the Rabbis about whether or not conspiring witnesses getting the punishment of what they conspired to do and also get lashes for the negative commandment of testifying falsely.  The gemara discusses their opinions.

Nov 082017

Witnesses testify falsely that one divorced his wife and didn’t’ pay the ketuba – how is the damage they were trying to cause him evaluated (since there was a chance he would have had to pay that money anyway – if he did divorce her down the road or in the event of death).  Likewise, if they claimed a10 year loan was due in 30 days, how is the payment assessed?

Nov 072017

There are certain exceptions to the rule when false witnesses do not receive the punishment “that they tried to do to their brother.”  In those cases, they get lashes instead.  For example, if they testify about the status of a person (about a kohen that his father married a divorce) or that he killed accidentally and should go to the refuge city.  The gemara looks for the source that in these cases one doesn’t get the punishment “as he tried to do to his brother” and also looks for the source that one can derive the lashes punishment for these crimes.

Nov 062017

Study Guide Sanhedrin 112

What happens to all the items that have holiness to them that are in the city of idol worshippers?  Can the city be used for gardens and fields?  Or can it never be rebuilt for any purpose?  The city of Jericho can also never be rebuilt.  The incident in sefer melachim where Chial rebuilt Jericho (or according to the gemara rebuilt a different city but called it Jericho) is quoted and analyzed and is related to Eliahu receiving the “key” for rain from God and bringing a huge drought.  The masechet ends with a discussion of good and evil and their effects on the world.

Nov 032017

Korach’s wife convinced him to rebel against Moshe according to the story described in the gemara and Korach even tried to argue with her but she convinced him anyway.  It is a matter of debate whether Korach was swallowed up and burned with the others.  However it is clear from the Torah that his sons did not die.  The generation of the desert is a matter of debate whether they were bad and not deserving of the World to Come as indicated in some verses; however other verses are brought that show them in a very positive light and thereby others claim that they have a place in the World to Come.  The ten tribes are also a matter of debate – will they return to the land (or get resuscitated) or not?  Various verses are brought to prove each opinion.  From what age is one able to merit getting entry in the World to Come – from conception, birth, ability to speak, ability to say amen?

Nov 022017

What did the generation of those who built the Tower of Bavel trying to do?  What were the acts of Sodom?  What made them do it?  Most of the things they did fall into 2 categories – not treating guests properly and perverting justice.  There is a debate about Korach and his followers – whether they are deserving of the World to Come or not.  THe gemara extrapolates the names of the people in Korach’s group.  On ben Pelet was saved by his wife and didn’t rejoin Korach’s group.

Nov 012017

The mishna describes groups of people who do not have a share in the World to Come, like the generation of the flood, migdal bavel and the people of Sedom.   The gemara discusses in depth details relating to the flood and the building of the ark.

Oct 312017

In connection with Achitofel, the gemara diverts to the story of David and Batsheva is analyzed – why was David tested in this way and why did he fail the test?  What was the reaction of those around him?  And how did he get forgiveness from God?  How in the end was it made obvious to others that he received forgiveness?  For what reason did Geichazi not get a portion in the World to Come?   Elisha is also criticized for how he dealt with Geichazi.