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Pesachim 98 Discipline Is Not A Restriction But Rather An Aid To Freedom Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
February 26th, 2021
Quote Source: Wayne Thiebaud How does one achieve spiritual connection? Is it via expansive ecstatic joy? Or is it through limitation and abnegation? The Gemara on amud beis discusses the problem of אין מביאים קדשים לבית הפסול which means we are not to allow situations that would artificially limit the amount of time a particular sacrifice is to be consumed. That is for example, a Bechor first born sacrifice that is usually …
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Pesachim 97 It Ain't Over Until It’s Over Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
February 26th, 2021
The Gemara on amud aleph mentions the concept of Ta’un Linah, which is that certain sacrifices such as a the Korban Pesach require staying overnight in Yerushalayim.  What does this represent?   Be’er Mayyim Chayyim (Bereishis 32:14) discusses this phenomenon. He notes that Yaakov Avinu stayed overnight after his prayer and draws a parallel to the similar obligation by sacrifices. I think this tells us something important ab …
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Pesachim 96 PDRP Public Displays of Religious Piety Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
February 25th, 2021
Recently, because of COVID, people have brought into question the custom of kissing the Mezuzah.  What is the significance of this custom? My father, who was a Talmid of Rav Hutner, ZT’L, was not big into PDRP, Public Displays of Religious Piety, and so he would not kiss the mezuzah amongst other practices.  He would say, the chovos halevavos, duties of the heart, are more important than a tangible act.  Fair enough, but what …
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Pesachim 95 Don’t Be Lonely All By Yourself Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
February 23rd, 2021
Should one give up a happy family time such as a Seder Night in order to keep someone company who is alone in a hospital?  Is the spiritual sacrifice worth it? The Gemara on Amud Aleph states a surprising ruling. Although one may bring a Paschal sacrifice by himself if there is no other option, the importance of bringing it together with another person even allows another to purposely render himself ritually impure in order to legally allow …
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Pesachim 94 Reality is a Persistent Illusion Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
February 22nd, 2021
fQuote Credit: Albert Einstein What makes something true?  Is there such a thing as objective facts, or is everything subject to context that reality itself is impossible to be separated from the internal phenomenon of the observer?  For example, sound or a color are collection of waves along a certain frequency.  Not only is it impossible to know how another organism or alien would see or hear, it is even impossible to know if two …
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Pesachim 93 Hindsight is 2020, or is that 2021? Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
February 21st, 2021
When is it time to cut your losses and bail out?  We see warning signs of social and political unrest, huge gaps between rich and poor, increased anti-semitic rhetoric and propoganda, as well as all many of the fascist tropes such as, “Stay in your homes for your own safety”.  Oy, when the government starts telling that they are worried about our safety and want us to “shelter in place”, this is the time to get w …
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Pesachim 92 The Walking Dead Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
February 20th, 2021
What makes a person alive? Is life something that either is, or isn’t? Or, Are some people more alive than others? If so, how is it determined? In the Mishna on Amud Aleph, Hillel uses a melitza to back up a rabbinic decree. Hillel holds that a convert who converted on Passover eve cannot partake from the Paschal sacrifice and instead must undergo the same purification rituals as one who comes in contact with a corpse. That is, to be sprink …
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Pesachim 91 Changing Times but Unchanging Principles Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
February 19th, 2021
Of what is the purpose of the Jewish exile? Are we just misbehaving children sent by G-d into a epic millennial time-out?  Is there something of deeper meaning and purpose? The Gemara on amud aleph quotes a verse from Zephaniah (3:13): שְׁאֵרִ֨ית יִשְׂרָאֵ֜ל לֹֽא־יַעֲשׂ֤וּ עַוְלָה֙ וְלֹא־יְדַבְּר֣וּ כָזָ֔ב וְלֹֽא־יִמָּצֵ֥א בְּפִיהֶ֖ם לְשׁ֣וֹן …
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Pesachim 90 Kasparov, Deep Blue and Rav Chaim Kanievsky Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
February 19th, 2021
Can a robot ever replace a rabbi? Can a Watson-style AI know enough halakha to render psakim? One day soon we will be confronted with such a situation. Let’s study a recent man vs machine situation: The Gemara on amud aleph quotes a pasuk found in Shemos (12:4)  אִם יִמְעַט הַבַּיִת מִהְיוֹת מִשֶּׂה And if the household be too little for a lamb There is a fabulous story about Rav Chaim Kanievsky, Shlit& …
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Pesachim 89 How to Motivate Children Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
February 18th, 2021
  Are prizes a good method to motivate children?  In other words, what is superior? Is intrinsic motivation, that is, finding what a person is naturally drawn toward and amplifying effective?  Or, is extrinsic motivation more powerful such as financial incentives.   The Mishna on amud aleph and the Gemara relate a story about a man who wanted to motivate his children to be zealous in their performance of the Pesach mitzva …
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