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Pesachim 63 Can the Mind Bear What the Heart Feels? Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
January 22nd, 2021
Man is a creature at war with himself. Your heart wants one thing, your mind tells you you should want something else. What are we to do and stay sane?  The Gemara discusses the halakhic concept of Piv V’lebo Shavim, the requirement that certain declarations are only valid if the intention and the words correspond. For example, if one declares something to be Teruma but meant to say maaser.  Notwithstanding the lomdus and halakha, …
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Pesachim 62 Wonder Women Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
January 22nd, 2021
Should any woman, on the basis of her gender, refrain from studying Torah?  If a woman does study Torah, what status can she achieve?  Can she become a Talmid Chacham and would people treat her as such? Our Gemara toward the end of amud beis mentions Beruriah, the daughter of Rav Chananya ben Tradyon and wife of Rabbi Meir. She was a great Torah scholar who learned three hundred Halachos from three hundred rabbis in one day. She is even …
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Pesachim 61 I Said “I Love You” Already! Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
January 22nd, 2021
Maharal (netzach yisrael 48) compared אנכי ה in the עשרת הדברות to אנכי אנכי הוא מנחמכם from ישעיה נא. In the עשרת הדברות which is about Hashem’s essence it is necessary to say “I” only once. In Hebrew אנכי is a stronger “I” than “אני״. Compare the English word “me” to “ I”. However in the prophecy of the future there is a doubling …
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Pesachim 60 But...No Buts! Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
January 22nd, 2021
The Gemara discusses the sugya of Tefos L’shon Rishon, which is a complex analysis of how do we understand the intent and enactment of a statement made, that has two contradictory parts.  The opinion of Tefos L’shon Rishon is that either we assume that his primary intent was in his first words, or that his first words become activated and that whatever is said second does not have power.  While this may be true in lomdus, in …
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Pesachim 59 Respect for the Sinner Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
January 22nd, 2021
The Gemara notes (toward the top of amud beis) that the owners of the sacrifice achieve their forgiveness via the priests eating from the korban. The Ramah (Toras HaOlah II:25) discusses a number of features of the Asham and Chattas sacrifices that show a beautiful regard for human dignity.  Since these were sin offerings and the consumption of the sacrificial meats achieved the forgiveness, the Torah made certain restrictions to spare embar …
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Daf Pesachim 58 Hard Work Pays Off Psychology of the
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
January 22nd, 2021
  Tosafos “keiylu” (second on amud beis) discusses certain features of the Jewish calendar, including that Pesach never falls out on Friday, which means Shavuos never falls out on Shabbos. Peri Latzaddik (Sefer Kedushas Shabbos 3) notes the dichotomy that the first Shavuous, when the Torah was given actually occurred on Shabbos, never again to be repeated. What is the significance of this? He explains that the way of the world is …
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Pesachim 57 Things Do NOT Go According to the Plan Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
January 22nd, 2021
Our Gemara (toward bottom of amud aleph) discusses the sins of the sons of Eyli, cohanim right at the beginning of the prophet Shmuel’s ascendancy. Though Gemara Shabbos (55b) says that the Sons of Eyli did not sin in such a grave manner as to actually commit adultery which is literally in the text, Rashi (Op. Cit.) says they indeed did sin in terms of inappropriately confiscating the sacrificial meats. The sons of Eyli and all their descen …
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Pesachim 56 Is the Cure Worse than the Disease? Psych of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
January 15th, 2021
The Mishna toward the top of amud aleph mentions that King Chizkyahu hid the Book of Remedies. Most of the commentaries such as Rashi understood Chizkiyahu’s deed as follows: There existed a book of cures, herbs and the like amongst the Jewish people, passed down as an ancient tradition from Solomon. Almost every ancient indigenous culture had oral and written traditions of various herbal remedies, many of them being rediscovered today as e …
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Pesachim 55 The Heart and the Mind Must Work Together Psych of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
January 15th, 2021
The Mishna (55b) describes several irregular practices of the people of Jericho, some that the sages specifically objected to, while others tolerated. One custom was that they would “fold Krias Shema”, which according to some explanations, meant they would say the first sentence “Hear O Israel etc”, and the second sentence “And you shall love Hashem etc”, consecutively without inserting “Boruch Shem kvod …
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Pesachim 53 Customized Judaism Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
January 13th, 2021
The Gemara notes two competing customs on Yom Kippur, those who light candles and those who do not. Both customs are derived from the same purpose, which is either by omission or commission of light to remind couples that marital relations are forbidden on Yom Kippur. The Ishbitzer in his Mei HaShiloach commentary (see Devarim 13 and Bereishis 7) quotes this Gemara to make philosophical point about the intentions and fulfillment of the mitzvos. T …
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