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Pesachim 102 Two For The Price Of One? Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
March 3rd, 2021
In what ways does mindfulness relate to Jewish observance and practice? I believe the idea that a person be fully aware of what he or she is doing and appreciate it is central to Jewish practice and observance, and is the epitome of kavannah. The Gemara discusses the principle אין עושים מצות חבילות חבילות we do not double up and bundle mitzvos together and perform them at the same time. Therefore, if one was in a meal that …
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Pesachim 101 Head In The Skies, Feet Firmly On The Ground Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
March 2nd, 2021
Why does Judaism constantly involve physical celebrations eating, drinking, gold, silver, weddings and every other kind of festive occasion? Why not just go onto some mountaintop and meditate? The Gemara on amud aleph Discusses Shmuel‘s principle of אֵין קִידּוּשׁ אֶלָּא בִּמְקוֹם סְעוּדָה There is no valid kiddush except in the place of one’s Shabbas meal. The Gemara then sites an incident as a pro …
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Pesachim 100 Infidelity and the Road to Recovery Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
March 1st, 2021
Can A marriage recover after infidelity? Few betrayals equals a betrayal of a spouse who committed sexual infidelity. Often, aside from the obvious feeling of betrayal, there is a sense of victimization, humiliation, gaslighting, and self-recrimination that make it difficult to recover. The Gemara on amud aleph quotes the verse in Esther (7:8) הֲגַם לִכְבּוֹשׁ אֶת הַמַּלְכָּה עִמִּי בַּבָּיִת״ Will he …
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Pesachim 99 Being Poor is an Emotional State Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
February 28th, 2021
Who is really wealthy? This has been the classic question for humanity throughout time as we chase physical pleasures and benefits to stave off our existential fear of our irrelevance and impending death. The Mishna on Amud beis informs us that even the poorest person on Passover eve should conduct himself as if he were from the wealthy class. That is he should drink and eat while leaning as if he were royalty, even though in a material sense he …
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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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