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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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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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Menachot 39b: Tzitzit – Wool, Cotton, or Nylon?

Today’s daf (Menachot 39b) presented a debate as to whether a non-wool and non-linen garment, such as one made of silk or cotton, is considered a “garment” according to the Torah.  If so, then it would be Biblically obligated in … Continue reading

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