Gemarah Daily Dose of Daf 💬 Lessons for Life 💬 Dafyomi & Parsha Dvar Torahs by Tani & Eliezer Guterman Daily Dose of Daf by Tani & Eliezer Guterman Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:54:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 יום ה Date: 2 Shevat, 5778 (1/18/18) – Avodah Zara Daf 3 ~ Tani Guterman Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:54:41 +0000 redirected here LIMITED LAUGHTER

[3b middle] R’ Acha to R’ Nachman bar Yitzchak: Ever since the day the Holy Temple was destroyed, there is no laughter for Hashem. Prac-T-cal Tidbits: As long as there is no Temple, we should also feel a lack of complete happiness. Our feelings of absolute joy will only be experienced when the Temple returns for the third and final time, may it come speedily in our days.

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יום ה Date: 2 Shevat, 5778 (1/18/18) – Avodah Zara Daf 3 ~ Eliezer Guterman Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:52:39 +0000 CRUEL CRITICISM

[3a top] Gemarah: When Hashem rebuked the other nations of the world for not following their own commandments they retorted, “But did the Jews do any better?” To which Hashem responded, “I will testify on their behalf that they fulfilled the entire Torah.”

D-E-ep Thoughts: It is much easier to lower someone else to gain an upper hand, rather than working on ourselves to become elevated. We must not look for the “easy” ways out and focus only on positivity and real spiritual growth.

Today’s P.I.P. (Put Into Practice) TIP: When opportunities arise for criticism and evil speech, we must remember to hold back our tongues and lead through being shining examples.

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יום ד Date: 1 Shevat, 5778 (1/17/18) – Avodah Zara Daf 2 ~ Tani Guterman Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:01:55 +0000 MUDDLED MOTIVATIONS

[2b middle] Gemarah: Different empires will come before Hashem during trials and ask for mercy. They will claim that what they did was for the Jews’ benefit (such as making roads and bridges). However, Hashem will retort that it was really for their own sake that they did it.

Prac-T-cal Tidbits: It is extremely important to keep proper focus throughout our days. We should try to ensure that everything we do is with Hashem in mind and not for our own selfish motivations.

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יום ד Date: 1 Shevat, 5778 (1/17/18) – Avodah Zara Daf 2 ~ Eliezer Guterman Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:59:02 +0000 ADJUSTING ATTRIBUTES

[2b top] R’ Chisda: When a king and the community are supposed to be judged before Hashem, the king should approach first, in order for the king not to bear the anger of Hashem towards the community.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        R’ Rosner: The king is able to gain more favorable judgements. Whenever we beseech Hashem, we should look to connect to the attribute of “Rachamim” (compassion) rather than “Din” (strict judgement).

D-E-ep Thoughts: G-d brings down energies into the world through systematic pipelines known as the Sefiros. We should focus on opening and connecting with the Attributes that we want to flow our way (ie: compassion) and decrease on involvement with those we want less of in our lives (harsh/strict judgements).

Today’s P.I.P. (Put Into Practice) TIP: One way for men to practically decrease “Din” in their lives is by shaving/shortening down the top of their head hairs. Increasing “Rachamim” is accomplished by growing/lengthening the beard hairs.

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יום ג Date: 18 Cheshvan, 5778 (11/7/17) – Makkos Daf 2 ~ Tani Guterman Tue, 07 Nov 2017 04:58:59 +0000 AFFIRMATIVE ACTIONS

[2b middle] Gemarah: A person does not receive Malkus (lashes) for violating any prohibition whose transgression does not involve an action.

Prac-T-cal Tidbits: We all should try to make our actions speak loudly and clearly about our pure and positive intentions. True, good, and wonderful deeds bring about Kiddush Hashems (sanctifications of G-d’s name) and make the world a much better place.

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יום ג Date: 18 Cheshvan, 5778 (11/7/17) – Makkos Daf 2 ~ Eliezer Guterman Tue, 07 Nov 2017 04:56:17 +0000 DISTANCING DISQUALIFICATIONS

[2a top] Mishnah: An example of Eidim Zomemin is when witnesses falsely claim that a particular Kohen is the son of a divorcee [which would make him a “Chalal” (a desecrated/disqualified Kohen)] and then they are later found to have been lying, they receive lashes as their punishment.
R’ Rosner: Chalal means “emptiness/space.” When people do Aveiros it is called a “Chilul Hashem,” [since it is a place where G-d’s Presence is lacking].

D-E-ep Thoughts: Instead of (Chas Veshalom) sinning and distancing ourselves from G-d, we must work during every moment of our entire lives to achieve Deveikus (coming closer) to Hashem [since this is the entire purpose of our existence (and everything else just helps us achieve it)].

Today’s P.I.P. (Put Into Practice) TIP: While eating, working, resting, learning, or playing, stop and think, “Am I doing this with an intention of coming closer to G-d?”

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יום ב Date: 15 Av, 5777 (8/7/17) – Sanhedrin Daf 22 ~ Tani Guterman Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:06:57 +0000 PAIRING PARTNERS

[22a bottom] Rabbah bar Bar Chanah quoting R’ Yochanan: It is as difficult to pair a man and a woman for marriage as it was to accomplish the splitting of the sea [since, Rashbam: Both require(d) immense praying, R’ Rosner: Both require(d) going against a specific “nature” to make it work].

Prac-T-cal Tidbits: When things are difficult to come by, we gain much more of an appreciation for them. Since the pairing of spouses is a great feat, we should learn to love and cherish our partners tremendously, while thanking Hashem for bringing us together.

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יום ב Date: 15 Av, 5777 (8/7/17) – Sanhedrin Daf 22 ~ Eliezer Guterman Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:04:39 +0000 REDEMPTION-READY

[22b bottom] Rabbanan: Kohanim may never drink wine, since they may be called upon to serve as soon as the Bais Hamikdash (Holy Temple) is rebuilt [and we are concerned that it will be imminently rebuilt!].

D-E-ep Thoughts: We must live our lives as though our redemption is coming in this very next moment! The Chofetz Chaim always had with him a new neatly wrapped suitcase. Once, one of his close acquaintances asked him why he never wore anything inside it, upon which the Rebbe replied, “I truly believe that Moshiach will come any day now, and I want to be sure that as soon as he arrives, I will be ready to go and greet him with this new garment!”

Today’s P.I.P. (Put Into Practice) TIP: Do at least one small thing extra to get ready for the coming of Moshiach!

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יום א Date: 7 Av, 5777 (7/30/17) – Sanhedrin Daf 14 ~ Tani Guterman Sun, 30 Jul 2017 03:33:29 +0000 FAZING FORKS

[14b middle] Braisa: R’ Eliezer ben Yaakov: Even a spinning fork, that belongs to the Temple treasury, requires ten people to appraise it (if one wishes to redeem it).

Prac-T-cal Tidbits: Whenever we want to get rid of something or sell it, we should do it with the consent of others who may be affected [i.e. if you decide to sell “your” car, make that your spouse agrees to the decision].

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יום א Date: 7 Av, 5777 (7/30/17) – Sanhedrin Daf 14 ~ Eliezer Guterman Sun, 30 Jul 2017 03:31:15 +0000 MARTYR MOTIVES

[14a top] Gemarah: The wicked Roman government decreed that whoever rabbinically ordains others and those that received ordination would be put to death (and their cities and boundaries would be destroyed and eradicated). Rabbi Yehudah ben Bava sat between two great mountains (that could not be uprooted), and between two large cities; between the Shabbos boundaries of the cities of Usha and Shifarum, and there, he ordained five elders: R’ Meir, R’ Yehudah, R’ Shimon, R’ Yosi and R’ Eliezer ben Shamua. As soon as the enemies discovered them, R’ Yehudah ben Bava told them to flee. They asked him, “Teacher, what will become of you?” He replied to them, “I lay before them like a stone which cannot be overturned.”  It was said that the enemies did not leave the spot until they had driven three hundred iron spears into his body, making him like a sieve.
R’ Soloveitchik: Even though this was not one of the ‘big three’ cardinal sins (that one must die for rather than commit), he did so because through his teachings (and passing of the Mesorah to future generations) he would gain eternal life.

D-E-ep Thoughts: When we are not asked to give our physical lives for something, we must ask ourselves, what are we LIVING for?

Today’s P.I.P. (Put Into Practice) TIP: Stop and think what motives are truly driving our everyday actions.

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