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Discuss: Moses Received Torah From Sinai (Avot 1.1)

In Talmud on July 2, 2012 at 7:34 am

MOSES RECEIVED TORAH FROM SINAI AND HANDED IT ON TO JOSHUA, AND JOSHUA TO THE ELDERS, AND THE ELDERS TO THE PROPHETS, AND THE PROPHETS HANDED IT ON TO THE MEN OF THE GREAT ASSEMBLY.

THEY SAID THREE THINGS:

BE DELIBERATE IN JUDGEMENT,
RAISE MANY DISCIPLES,
AND MAKE A HEDGE ABOUT THE TORAH.

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Discuss: Aggadah and Parable No. 1

In Talmud on July 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Those who look for Scripture’s inherent meaning say:

If you wish to know Him
by whose word the world came into being,
study Aggadah;
you will thereby come to know the Holy One, blessed be He,
and hold fast to His ways.

Sefer Ha-Aggadah, The Meaning of Aggadah and the Parable, #1

Why Berakoth? Why Evening Shema? (5772 Berakoth)

In Talmud on October 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Why prefix the Seder Zera’im with Berakoth? Why isn’t there a Seder Berakoth?

Why begin Berakoth with the evening Shema? Why not discuss blessings and worship related to the cultivation of the land?

Why begin Berakoth with the evening Shema? Why not discuss Shemoneh Esrei, or Kaddish, or Aleinu? Why not Maariv?