This short video tells the story of a two-thousand year old stone, a trip to Jerusalem, and how both are connected to the study of Mishnah and the future Redemption.
Category: Message in the Mishnah
Mishnah Project Live – Meaning in Masechet Tamid
The ritual of Masechet Tamid carries deep meaning for us in our daily lives. During this special live shiur, I looked at some of the details of the Tamid and the Masechet as a whole, to come to a deeper Read More …
Why Couldn’t the Kohanim Burn Olive or Grape Wood on the Altar
Thoughts on Tamid Chapter 2 Mishnah 3 In our study of Tamid Chapter 2 Mishnah 3, we learned that all forms of wood were permissible to burn on the altar except for olive wood and grape vines. I noted two Read More …
Mazal Tov, and Welcome to Masechet Tamid!
Mazal Tov to everyone who finished Masechet Meilah today as part of the #MishnahProject! It’s a great accomplishment! Tomorrow we begin Masechet Tamid, a great opportunity to join the program! You can join the WhatsApp Group (bit.ly/dailymishnah) or the Telegram Read More …
Studying Pirkei Avot on Shabbat
I was honored to write an article for this week’s OU Torah Tidbits about the study of Pirkei Avot during the summer months.
Mishnah Project Live Shiur 2: When the Sages Change the Halachah in the Mishnah
During our second live shiur, which took place on Sunday, June 14th, 2020, we looked at a phrase which appears in the last Mishnah of Masechet Keritot.
The Connection Between Clothing and Cheating – and the Name of Masechet Meilah
What is the connection between clothing and cheating? And, how is this connected to the name of Masechet Meilah? In this short video, I share the explanation of Malbim on the Torah, who notes the connection between the Hebrew words Read More …
Mishnah Project Live Shiur 1: Why Does the Mishnah Record Rejected Opinions?
Many of the mishanyot that we learn have little connection to the halachah that we observe today. Moreover, even within the Mishnah itself, we find that Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi recorded positions that were ultimately not accepted as the final halachah, Read More …
Message in the Mishnah Torah Tidbits Edition: Is Ignorance of the Law an Excuse?
I was honored to share a piece on the Mishnah in the OU’s Torah Tidbits in honor of Shavuot. Thanks so much to TT Editor in Chief Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider. You can find a link to the piece here.
Message in the Mishnah – Asham Taluy: Atonement for the Possibility of Sin
As you drive towards a busy intersection, you notice the traffic light turning yellow. Rather than slow down, you gun the engine, and just make it through before it turns red. Maybe. Which is why you’re not surprised when the Read More …