Sunday, February 4, 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Rav Baruch Halevi Epstein, the Torah Temima in his other sefer, Tosefes Bracha, says this is a minimum, to not go 3 days without Torah, but you can increase it and read Torah more often.
This was surprising to hear, since in practice we've never seen this.
Maybe his logic isn't so good. First of all,t his uncle the Netziv paskened you can't lain, even without a bracha, for a special ceremony in Baltimore when they were dedicating a new shul on a Sunday. Meishiv Davar I 16. According to Tosefes Bracha you can add to the number of times a week you lain. Unless he's agree you'd have be consistent about it and not do a one time thing.
The Tosefes Bracha's logic isn't as good as it first seems. From Netziv we see there are brachas that are not required. Then, we have a mitzvah vehagisa bo yomam valayla (see Menachos 99b), so personally you can't go 1 day without Torah, so the public Kriyah is independent of this. Thinking more about this, see my post about having to learn Torah every day, that form Rashi and Rambam in Moreh Nevuchim, as long as we have Torah once a week it is considered in our consciousness; therefore this takana/gzeira is a special gzeira to be stricter for public Torah reading (not 3 days without it) than other things (once a week is considered constant). Since it's a special reason, there is no logic to say it is a minimum as Tosefes Bracha says.
(These are first impressions; I did not look at any of these sources in great detail)
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
In Chicago Rabbi Morgulis taught Torah. That is what he loved to do. He was a people-person, very friendly and welcoming. While he taught at Arie Crown and Ida Crown, the
He was fascinated with Targum. One day he was so happy because the previous day he had an almost 2 hour block of time, so he went through eight pesukim in Daniel. He recommended Nefesh Hager over Adler's Nesinah L'Ger. I don't think he ever saw R. Pozen's Parshegen which only came out within the last 5 years or so. Once, very early in my studies of Tarhum, I found that vayikach has at least 3 different workds in Targum. I (thought I) found the pattern of when Inkelos uses which word and told Rabbi Morgulis. He laughed when I told him and I didn't get any other feedback. I later realized that this is one of the most discussed words in all of Tarum Onkelos, and he knew the yam about it, and I tried to explain it all in 3 minutes.
Remarkably but not unexpectedly, none of this is his legacy. He is most well known as the owner of Kosher Karry on Devon and Mozart in Chicago, which made the best Drumettes in the world, and to this day other stores in Chicago try to market their "Kosher-Karry-Style Drumettes" but all fall short. Rabbi and Mrs. Morgulis retired in June 2001 and Kosher Karry closed.
I really got to know him after his retirement when he would learn in Rav Moshe Soloveichik Shlita's Gemara shiur. His warmth, menschlichkeit and love of people were extraordinary. He also had stories of many gedolim or VIPs whom he had encountered or heard specific stories from people close to them. He was always full of support and lent us seforim (like on Targum). He was our resource in Targum and Dikduk, though I think his wife was his resource on Didduk.
This brief tribute does not to justice to Rabbi Morgulis, who was a wonderful man. An ish Chesed, who loved Torah and brought others close to Torah. But I feel required to pass along my impressions of him so those who didn't know him, or only knew him as the guy who made the best drumettes, so they know he was so much more than that.
May his wife, sons and entire mishpacha be consoled among the mourners of Jerusalem (which he and his wife loved so dearly, especially her being a Yerushalmis) and may the smile and shining face of Rabbi Morgulis inspire us to bring the love of Torah to many others.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
21a - taama d;kra or not. Why not say like Tos Sukkah 6 that the same tana sometimes holds yesh eim l'mikra and sometimes yesh eim l'masors?
Rashi sv mi hava. Implies had she converted before the borth there would be korva. But conception was as a non-Jew so why would there have been korva? Ot's horasa shelo bikdusha!
Lo s'ar beis hashechi. Navi said it was punishment. But how did these genetic changes happen? Kuzari - part of our dna that we can change, adapt looks / physical characteristics of the nations among who we live. 2) from converts introducing other genes into the gene pool
21b Rashi sv lo nisgalu. Why does he only mention Chukim? And see Margolios hayam.
Rash isv al hayichud. Clearly gemara later changes it to al hayu=ichud d'pnuya. But how can Rashi say yichud Eishes ish was decreed then? It was earlier! And Tosfos later, 37a, clearly says that!
Rashi Aspania. This is leshitaso earlier on 18b that king paid soldiers by the year. But Aruch (see margin there) says it is paid month by month.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Then, The Great Sanhedrin;: A study of the origin, development, composition, and functions of the Bet Din ha-Gadol during the Second Jewish Commonwealth1953 by Sidney B Hoenig this book from the 1950s says something like: "Dr. Hoenig, going one step further, believes that there were actually three courts: the great court of rabbis, which dealt with the Law, its development and decisions; the court of priests, which dealt with Temple ritual; and a governing council, which dealt with general administrative and civil matters." I am not supporting or agreeing with any of his arguments, but they are worth noting.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Monday, November 7, 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016
23 Years After Vanishing, This Woman's Husband Turned Up Alive — With a Whole New Family
On February 10, 1993, Richard Hoagland called his wife, Linda Iseler, and told her he was feeling sick. He said he was heading to the emergency room, but insisted Iseler didn't need to come with him. He was never seen again - until 23 years later, when he emerged alive, safe, and with a completely new family, according to ABC News.
Hoagland had left everything at home in Indiana, from his coat to his toothbrush to even his passport. He left behind a wife and two sons, only 9 and 6 years old. Police found his car at the airport, but there was no record of a man named Richard Hoagland taking any flight. The last anyone heard from him is when he sent his sons a birthday card, with a message to "mind your mother."
"He devastated us. He left us with nothing, absolutely nothing. I was very broken," Iseler said. They had to give up their house and cars and rely on help from family. Hoagland was pronounced dead after 10 years, and Iseler ended up getting remarried.
But this year, Hoagland was found. It turns out that he went to Florida and stole the identity of a man named Terry Symansky, who was killed in 1991. He even got married to another woman and had a child, with his new wife, Mary, none the wiser. But here's the craziest part: Hoagland (now Symansky) ended up getting caught when the actual Terry Symansky's nephew looked up the family tree and realized that the man he knew had died had gotten married several years later, and even had a pilot's license.
Hoagland was arrested in July for fraudulent use of personal identification, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Police think that he pulled off the scheme because when he fled to Florida, he briefly lived with the real Symansky's father in Florida. He then found Terry's death certificate, used it to get a birth certificate, and used that to get a driver's license.
His new family was shocked. "Obviously their 20 years of marriage [was] shattered," detective Anthony Cardillo said. "The son came down. He was shocked. It was still his father. It's his blood, but that Symansky name is not his. The emotions they were feeling [were] between anger and sadness and the wonder of why."
So why did he pull off the identity theft? According to the Indianapolis Star, Iseler had told police that he embezzled from his boss and was likely on the run from the law. But Hoagland said the reason was more personal: Iseler, who was his second wife, wanted a divorce, and he didn't think he could go through with a divorce again. He is now in jail awaiting trial, and has pleaded not guilty. Authorities were looking into various other accusations against him, too, so more charges may be ahead.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
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