Monthly Archives: April 2011

More on “shelo asani isha”

A final word on the “shelo asani isha” brakha that appeared on daf 44a, and we discussed in an earlier post.  Both comments on that post argued for the importance of changing the brakha, rather than saying it in an … Continue reading

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Menachot 44a – Women and the Blessing of Shelo Asani Isha

As discussed in the previous post, the sugya that ends the discussion of tzitzit, leaves women out of the conversation.  Not only are women exempt from the mitzvah (although this is debated), but they also do not have the other … Continue reading

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Menachot 43b: Tzitzit – Sin, Mitzvot, and Identity

The Gemara on Menachot 43b-44a records R. Meir’s statement that a person (i.e., a man) must make three blessings every day, “… that God has not made me a non-Jew,” “… that God has not made me a woman,” and … Continue reading

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Menachot 43 – Tzitzit and Priestly Garments

In yesterday’s daf (Menachot 43), the Gemara made a passing reference to the bigdei kehunah, the priestly garments.  The Gemara was troubled by the opening statement of a braitta which declared that “all are obligated in the mitzvah of tzitzit: Kohanim, Levites, … Continue reading

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Marit Ayin, Perception and Not Giving into Ignorance

On the daf we did erev Pesach, Menachot 40, we saw that because of various concerns R. Eliezer son of R. Tzaddok said (perhaps in explanation of the position of Beit Shamai) that it was prohibited to wear wool techelet tzitizt … Continue reading

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New Resources on Beit Hillel and Beit Shamai

Good moed to all! Right before Pesach I posted an essay regarding the debate of Beit Hillel and Beit Shamai as to tzitzit in a linen garment, and how their debate here can be seen in light of their deeper, … Continue reading

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Menachot 40 – Beit Shamai and Beit Hillel, Tzitzit and Matzah

I realize that everyone now is undoubtedly working on their last preparations before Pesach.  Nevertheless, the daf yomi continues, and I wanted to share the following reflection on today’s daf. In today’s daf (Menachot 40) we read that R. Eliezer ben R. … Continue reading

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