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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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Pesachim 88 Feeling at Home Inside Yourself Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
February 17th, 2021
What does it mean to be comfortable with yourself? People strive to become confident, lacking in undue shame, to feel complete and calm.    The Gemara on Amud aleph discusses verse and prophecies that refer to Messianic times: אֶלָּא, לֹא כְּאַבְרָהָם שֶׁכָּתוּב בּוֹ ״הַר״, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: ״אֲשֶׁר יֵאָמֵר הַיּוֹם בְּהַר ה׳ יֵרָאֶה״, וְלֹא כּ …
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Pesachim 87 Sexual Abstinence: Worth the Wait? Psychology of the Daf
Author: Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, DHL, LCSW-R
February 16th, 2021
We live in a society that does not encourage delay of gratification.  Why should we wait for anything?  How does being sexually abstinent prior to marriage provide any benefit other than being frustrated?   The Gemara on amud aleph quotes a verse in Psalms (114:12) which by way of derash equates behaving modesty and remaining chaste until marriage to building the Temple. ״מְחֻטָּבוֹת תַּבְנִית הֵיכָל …
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