by Joel Rich
Berachos 51: Birchas Yayin and HaGefen: Machlokes bais shammai and bais hillel
How does tadir work in the brachot of kiddush and in reading the megillot vs. reading the torah.
Berachos 60: Sechvi Binah
The Rambam provides a specific list of 100 brachot per day because they are really part of the seder hayom. Our daily problems are what require us to pray.
Berachos 60: Me’ah Berachos
The first four brachot in the AM are about havdalah; it’s important to remember we are unique.
Berachos 64: Benefiting from a Seudah with a Talmid Chochom there
We turn the act of eating into a redemptive one, eating in the presence of HKBH and establishing a fellowship with him.
Shabbos 2: Lav of Hotza’ah
Are the 39 mlachot part of one large lav or are there 39 separate ones?
Shabbos 3: Lifnei Iver
Is lfnei iver an issur clali or an issur prati?
Shabbos 4: Hidbik Pas B’Tanur Muttar L’Radosa
Technical analysis of whether prohibitions involving the growing of plants are triggered by planting or growth. How does this parallel the baking on Shabbat prohibitions?
Shabbos 6: Reshus HaRabim
Defining reshut harabim – what’s the deal with 600,000 people?
Shabbos 7: Reshus HaYochid according the Rambam
The definition of Mechitzot for Shabbat may be different than that for sukkot
Shabbos 8: Amud Tes and Rabim Mekatfin
Amud in reshut harabim may be defined differently than in reshut hayachid.
Shabbos 9: Eating before Tefilah and Shma
Chatzot (night) limitation – is a din in tfila not kriat shma.
Shabbos 10: Beis HaKisei She’Huchan V’Lo Nishtamesh
Hazmanah lav milta or milta differs for establishing identity (e.g. beit hakisei) vs. usage (e.g. issurim)
Shabbos 11: Ta’anis Chalom on Shabbos
Taanit chalom on Shabbat is an incomplete fast and thus the need for a makeup
Shabbos 12: Hesach HaDa’as B’Tefilin
There’s a difference by tfillin according to the Ramban between hesach hadaat and guf naki (sleep time displays the difference)
Shabbos 13: Lo Sikrivu L’Galos Ervah
There’s a difference (duraita vs drabanan) in kirvat ervah arayot between eishet ish and others.
Shabbos 14: Ochez Sefer Totah Arum
The parochet on the aron kodesh is a fulfillment of a Torah requirement that the torah always be covered (Kedusha/Tzniut)
Shabbos 18: Issur Refuah on Shabbos
Is the prohibition on refua on Shabbat focused on the act (√) or the outcome?
Shabbos 20: Krimas Ponim
Why is there a different shiur for afiah (baking) by lechem hapanim and Shabbat violation? One is a din in maaseh the other in cheftza.
Shabbos 21: Ner Ish U’Beiso
Are nerot chanuka a chovat hayachid or chovat habayit (√)?
Shabbos 21:Rambam Beginning of Hilchos Chanukah
Why did the Rambam include a history of Chanukah in the Yad?
A different view on the appropriateness of the Chashmonaim being kings.
Shabbos 22:Ner Chanukah Assur L’Hishtamesh B’Orah
Not using the Chanukah menora’s light is a din in kedusha (like beit mikdash)
Shabbos 23: Birchas HaRoeh by Ner Chanukah
The chiyuv of ner Chanukah is triggered by a bayit. Seeing the neirot (reah) is a partial kiyum of hadlakah.
Shabbos 24: Maftir Shabbos Mincha B’Kesuvim
There was an opinion not to read ktuvim on Shabbat due to bitul beit medrash. That’s why we read megillot before reading the torah
Shabbos 25: Teruma Temeiah B’Sereifa
Trumah tmeia requires burning and thus is considered not to have a shiur (size) for mitzvah purposes.