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Sunday February 1, 2015 10:22 PM

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Yevamos 121 - Roll With the Punches

As an illustration of the halacha that a man cannot automatically be assumed dead if he was lost in an (more…)

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Thursday January 29, 2015 9:51 PM

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Yevamos 118 - Sweet Revenge! Or, is it?

They are both married to the same man. One insists that her husband is dead, and the other one (more…)

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Wednesday January 28, 2015 10:21 PM

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Yevamos 117 - My Mother and My Wife Hate Each Other?!

In laws. It’s a touchy subject, isn’t it? Some people have a pretty decent relationship with their in laws. (more…)

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Tuesday January 27, 2015 11:49 PM

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Yevamos 116 - A Woman’s Flash of Rage

One of the circumstances under which we cannot accept a woman’s own testimony that her husband died, is when there was fighting and friction between them.  One opinion holds that the reason for this (more…)

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Monday January 26, 2015 10:39 PM

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Yevamos 115 - How Embarrassing!

The Gemara recounts a horrifying tragedy. A fire broke out at the end of a chasuna in the chassan and kallah’s room. The kallah managed to escape and was crying out, “See my husband! See my husband!” (more…)

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Sunday January 25, 2015 9:28 PM

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Yevamos 114 - Beware of Your Runaway Imagination

Generally, a woman is believed if she says that her husband died.  Beis Din allows her to remarry even (more…)

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Thursday January 22, 2015 11:22 PM

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Yevamos 111 - Child-rearing, Only for Children?

The yavam did yibum with the yevama.  The interesting thing, though, is that the yevama is an adult (more…)

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Wednesday January 21, 2015 11:09 PM

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Yevamos 110 - The Basic Recipe for a Happy Marriage

When he did kiddushin, it was with a particular stipulation that she not have any blemishes or be (more…)

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Monday January 19, 2015 11:26 PM

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Yevamos 108 - That Little Girl is Strong!

Is she allowed to remarry him?   That is the focal point of the extensive discussion in today’s daf.   (more…)

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Sunday January 18, 2015 11:38 PM

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Yevamos 107 - The Importance of Appearances, with the Right Balance

A girl whose father was niftar and is still not bas mitzvah can be married off by her mother or older (more…)

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Friday January 16, 2015 12:20 AM

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Yevamos 104 - Don’t Put it Past Yourself

The Mishna explicitly mentions that individuals who are deaf-mute cannot do chalitza. Initially, the Gemara had it that Rava was of the position that the reason for this is that they are not bnei-deiah, (more…)

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Wednesday January 14, 2015 11:23 PM

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Yevamos 103 - Look At Your Shoes

These past few dapim have introduced us to many of the more technical, nitty-gritty details of (more…)

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Wednesday January 14, 2015 1:12 AM

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Yevamos 102 - Internal Strength, Chayim shel Chilutz Atzamos

Rav Kahana asked Shmuel how we know that when the Torah speaks of the yevama doing chalitza to the yavam’s shoe that it necessarily (more…)

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Wednesday January 7, 2015 10:19 PM

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Yevamos 95 - The Power of a Jewish Marriage

If not for the derasha of “osah”, we would have learned out from a kal v’chomer that if a husband (more…)

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Monday January 5, 2015 11:43 PM

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Yevamos 94 - Shards or Pearls, The Effort of Life

The Mishna discussed a case where a woman’s husband went abroad and was later reported dead. She (more…)

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Sunday January 4, 2015 11:11 PM

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Yevamos 93 - Does That Mean You’re Wrong?

Rabi Yanai had an arrangement with his sharecropper that the latter would bring him a certain (more…)

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Friday January 2, 2015 1:07 AM

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Yevamos 90 - Watch What You Eat

“And they shall eat them that he will gain atonement through them.” From this pasuk we learn the (more…)

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Wednesday December 31, 2014 10:31 PM

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Yevamos 89 - What Kavod Can Do

A girl who is not halachikly an adult (and her father is no longer alive) can marry, but the marriage (more…)

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Tuesday December 30, 2014 10:30 PM

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Yevamos 88 - The Blessing of Miscommunications

Tosafos points out a fascinating kashya.

Two eidim tell someone, “You ate cheilev”. He responds, “No, I did not”. According to the Rabbanan, (more…)

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Tuesday December 30, 2014 1:06 AM

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Yevamos 87 - If It’s Not Geshmak, It’s Not Torah

Lichora, it’s a rock-solid kal v’chomer.

A Bas-Kohein who married a Yisrael is not allowed to eat terumah anymore. Even if the husband dies, (more…)

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Sunday December 28, 2014 11:39 PM

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Yevamos 86 - Thumbs Are Also Important

Ezra instituted a takanah that was to the detriment of the Leviyim. No longer would they be the (more…)

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Thursday December 25, 2014 11:11 PM

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Yevamos 83 - Your Unique You

If Reuvein trails his grape vines over top Baruch’s growing stalks of wheat, the Tanna Kamma says that it is kilayim and becomes (more…)

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Thursday December 25, 2014 1:28 AM

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Yevamos 82 - “This is My Menucha Forever and Ever”

At the crux of the discussion in today’s daf is the issue of whether or not the original sanctification of (more…)

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Wednesday December 24, 2014 1:07 AM

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Yevamos 81 - Three Types of Walnuts

The normal rules of bitul do not apply to something of particular significance. Rabi Meir holds that (more…)

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Tuesday December 23, 2014 1:16 AM

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Yevamos 80 - That’s Talking about You and Me!

A very interesting case comes up in today’s daf. A man went abroad. Twelve months later, while he is still away, his wife gives birth to a baby. The Gemara (more…)

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Sunday December 21, 2014 11:19 PM

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Yevamos 79 - Know What You Don’t Know

Rabi Yehoshua transmitted what he heard: there is a saris who is choleitz and there is a saris who (more…)

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Thursday December 18, 2014 10:52 PM

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Yevamos 76 - Diamonds are Created Under Pressure

Two interesting stories, both having to do with yichus, appear in today’s Daf. The first is the (more…)

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Thursday December 18, 2014 1:09 AM

rabbi-yehoshua-bermanBy Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Yevamos 75 - Mikdash Va’Kodesh, Reflections about the Shloshim

The words practically jumped off the page for me: mah Mikdash davar sheh’yeish bo netilas neshama af kodesh davar sheh’yeish bo netilas neshama, just as (more…)

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Wednesday December 17, 2014 1:09 AM

rabbi-yehoshua-bermanBy Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Yevamos 74 - Also this Have I Given to You

As a conclusion to the question of whether or not someone who is not circumcised can eat maaser sheini, the Gemara brings the statement (more…)

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Tuesday December 16, 2014 1:12 AM

rabbi-yehoshua-bermanBy Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Yevamos 73 - Transcending the Limits of Time

If the person who sprinkled the purifying waters of mei-chatas from the parah adumah was a tevul-yom, someone who was tamei and (more…)

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