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  • Day 1575 - The Honor Due to My Wife

    By Salvador Litvak

    May 11, 2012 | 7:29 pm

    R’ Chelbo said: A person must always be careful about his wife’s honor, because blessing is found in a person’s house only on account of his wife. (Bava Metzia 59a)

    Seven years ago I experienced a minor miracle when I stumbled upon the Daf Yomi way of reading the entire Talmud... read on

  • Accidental Talmudist: Day 271 - The Longer Shorter Way

    By Salvador Litvak

    May 2, 2012 | 10:14 am

    R’ Yehoshua ben Chananyah said: Once I was walking down the road and I saw a little boy sitting by a fork in the road, and I asked him, “Which is the road we take to the town?” He answered me, “This road is short and long, and this one is long and short.” (Eruvin 53b)

    Two days ago,... read on

  • Accidental Talmudist: Day 855 -  Talmud and Kabbalah

    By Salvador Litvak

    April 19, 2012 | 5:56 pm

    We are now counting the days from Pesach (a.k.a. Passover, commemorating our redemption from slavery in Egypt) to Shavuot (commemorating our receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai). This seven-week period, called Counting the Omer, offers the ideal opportunity to begin discussing a... read on

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  • Accidental Talmudist: Day 2544 - The Substitution Principle

    By Salvador Litvak

    April 6, 2012 | 12:41 pm

    My mom loves that I’ve been reading the Talmud for seven years, and that I am now the Accidental Talmudist. In all this time, however, she never asked what I am actually learning…until today.

    It would’ve been nice if this morning’s page contained one of those profound sound bites... read on

  • Accidental Talmudist: Day 438 - Be da Mensch!

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 29, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    My friend, David Lewis, shared a teaching with me years ago, in the name of the great near-Yid, Bruce Springsteen:

    A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be.

    I have probably repeated those words to myself a... read on

  • Accidental Talmudist: Day 1574 - Don’t Eye the Merchandise

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 23, 2012 | 10:48 am

    My son’s 7th birthday is coming up and he wants a punching bag so he can practice tae kwon do at home. I studied the art myself for years, so I know what he needs, and it’s not an inflatable, wobbling piece of dreck that ends up punctured in a week. He’s got a solid roundhouse.... read on

  • Accidental Talmudist: Day 2,558 - A Teacher Like Mrs. Schreiber

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 15, 2012 | 5:02 pm

    If I ask you to name a teacher who influenced you, does a name and a face come to mind?

    We were recently asked to recall such teachers by a young rabbi at Temple Beth Am. Conversations buzzed instantly. The gentleman sitting next to me had a professor who said, “You’ll never be... read on

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