On this daf, we learn about the Jewish custom of wearing a kippah. Rabbi Moshe Isserles, the Rem”a (eminent 16th century Polish Talmudist), explained that one should wear a kippah out of respect for the Shekhinah (Divine presence). One displays a lack of respect for the Shekinah by walking about with an uncovered head.
In Masechet Shabbat [daf 156], the Talmud states that wearing a kippah is an auspicious practice to gain yir’at shamayim (fear of heaven). Therefore, it is important to ensure even small children wear a kippah on their heads, so they acquire yir’at shamayim.
Mishnah Berurah rules that nowadays wearing a kippah is not just a custom, but rather, an obligation. As such, it is proper to wear a kippah throughout the day, and certainly during time of prayer, when reciting blessings, or learning Torah.
Rabbi Evan Hoffman – In this Daf Yomi (daily Talmud page learning) summary Rabbi Hoffman shares about the topic of vows and technically how they annulled both for past unfulfilled and for those vows that might be unintentionally made and how Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur play a significant role in this. There are also several other topics discussed as well.
Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz – Nice Q&A session with Rabbi Breitowitz on many different topics including: kaddish, ghosts, the lost tribes, and the talmud. The Torah proofs and Jewish thoughts and philosophy on these topics are fascinating. Feel free to use the time stamps posted below to listen to specific questions and answers
Question Time Stamps:
00:00 WHY DO WE SAY KADDISH?
04:28 COULD YOU PLEASE DESCRIBE THE KABBALISTIC MIDDAH OF MALCHUS?
09:20 WHEN DID SOULS BECOME “JEWISH” SOULS? 17:11 DOES ANYONE SAY THAT THE JEWISH TRANSFORMATION HAPPENED AT MT. SINAI?
18:24 WHY DO WE STAND WITH FEET TOGETHER IN THE AMIDAH?
20:13 WHY ARE THERE VERY FEW LEVITES?
24:07 IF HASHEM CREATED TESHUVA FOR ALL PEOPLE, HOW CAN ELISHA BEN AVUYA SAY THE ACHER COULDN’T DO TESHUVA? AND HOW DO WE MAKE TESHUVA FOR “DEAD AND GONE” SITUATIONS?
29:34 HOW COME WE DON’T KNOW WHERE THE LOST TRIBES ARE TODAY?
35:48 IF SOMEONE IS TRAVELING AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A SHUL, HOW DO I KNOW IT’S A KOSHER MINYAN (E.G. IF IT WERE REFORM OR CONSERVATIVE)?
43:10 WHAT DOES THE RAMBAM MEAN WHEN HE SAYS WE SHOULDN’T DO MITZVOS FOR THE SAKE OF REWARD?
48:00 WHEN DOES IT BECOME APPROPRIATE TO STUDY KABBALAH?
58:08 HOW DOES ONE KNOW WHICH VOICES TO LISTEN TO INSIDE ONESELF?
1:04:16 WHAT IS THE TORAH’S PERSPECTIVE ON GHOSTS?
1:06:00 HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN LEARNING GEMARA TO KIDS?
1:14:45 ARE WOMEN ALLOWED TO LEARN GEMARA?
1:20:53 ARE THERE MAKHLOSIM BETWEEN THE TALMUD YERUSHALMI? WHY IS THE TALMUD BAVLI MORE WIDESPREAD IF THE YERUSHALMI WAS WRITTEN IN A HOLIER PLACE?
1:30:58 WHY IS THERE NOT MORE OF A PUSH TO LEARN MACHSHAVA IN YESHIVA?
1:35:30 HOW WOULD THE RAV DESCRIBE THE FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A JEW AND A NON-JEW TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NO IDEA ABOUT JUDAISM?
1:39:15 HOW DO WE RELATE TO AVODA ZARA REFERENCES OR IMAGES IN LITERATURE?
1:42:45 WHY DO SOME SECTS OF JUDAISM NOT LEARN ON CERTAIN DAYS (NON-JEWISH HOLIDAYS)?
Rabbi David Yisrael Kalmus – This video is Rabbi Kalmus Siyyum which is a celebration for a completion of learning a tractate of Talmud (which could take months of intense learning). It usually includes reciting the last couple verses in the Talmud section and expounding upon it.
Personal Thoughts – The video has some very powerful global ideas about the concept that we have to fall (sometimes quite hard) before we rise – that the fall itself predicts the rise (so its actually a positive). My experience in my own life reflects this concept so I really identified strongly with his Siyyum talk.