Mishna 2 Joel Padowitz

Thank you each again for coming to the class on Wednesday night. The class has rapidly become the highlight of my week. I hope you gained from it, though I assure you I gained more, as the Talmud says, “More than the calf wishes to nurse the

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Q and A: Mark Zelunka

INTRODUCTION Q1 – Is it really true that all of the Jewish people have a portion in the world to come?  If everyone got a reward, then the reward would be meaningless?  If everyone would get a reward, then no one would do anything!  (A weird way to start Avos!)

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Mishna 7 Elchanan Shoff

Mishna 7 “The more torah, the more life, the more yeshiva, the more wisdom. The more advice one takes from elders, the more wisdom, the more charity, the more peace.” Sources 1.      Sanhedrin 26b – The torah is called Toshia, for it weakens (mateshes) the strength of a

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Mishna 6 Elchanan Shoff

Mishna 6 part 2 “He [hillel] also saw a skull floating on the water. He said to it, because you drowned others, you were drowned, and those who drowned you will be drowned.” [Note: It has come to my attention that lately there has been confusion regarding

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Mishna 5 Elchanan Shoff

Mishna 5 “A boor can not be sin-fearing, nor can an unlearned person be righteous, a bashful person will not learn, and a short-tempered person can not teach…” Sources 1)      Rashi (see R. Yonah) A boor is someone who does not even know much about this world. He

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Mishna 2 Mordechai Rottman

Mishna Raban Gamliel, the son of Rabbi Yehuda the Prince says: Commendable is the study of Torah accompanied by “derech eretz” (literally, “the way of the land” meaning engaging in an occupation) for the toil of both them together keeps man away from sin. Torah study that

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Mishna 18 Tom Meyer

“The world exists on 3 things – Justice, Truth and Peace.” Compare this Mishna to Mishna #2. #2 – The world stands on three things (omed) #10 – The world exists on three things (kayem) #2 – Explains why the world was created #18 – Explains what keeps it existing –

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Mishna 17 Tom Meyer

Part I “All my days I grew amongst the sages and I found nothing better for the body than silence.” Grew amongst sages – had a chance to observe them. This is telling you how to be a sage. Best thing for body is silence ?! OK,

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Mishna 16 Tom Meyer

INTRODUCTION This Mishna was said at a time when argument was increasing among the Jewish People (e.g. Hillel and Shammay). Confusion was increasing and clarity was decreasing. Show them in the Mishna – the big question will be the connection between the two pieces of information (open

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Mishna 15 Tom Meyer

Part I “Make your Torah fixed” Two explanations: Have a fixed time for learning and growing each day. The key thing is not the length of time – but that it is fixed. Otherwise you may not get around to it. Make Torah a fixed thing in

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Mishna 14 Tom Meyer

Part I “If I am not for myself who will be for me” This is a very famous Mishna, usually some of them have heard it. This Mishna separates the men from the boys. Recognize that the buck stops with you . . . it’s your free

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