Monthly Archives: February 2013

Anonymous Gifts To the Poor

A couple of years ago, I came across an “amazing chiddush of R’ Yosef Engel regarding matanos la’evyonim”: The gemara (Shabbos 10b) quotes Rav as teaching that if you give a gift to a friend, you have to tell him … Continue reading

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The Cities Of Bistan

My friend M.W. recently consulted me about an obscure geographical reference in Hida’s שם הגדולים: וכבר ידוע דבארץ הצבי וארץ מצרים וערי ביסתא”ן דמשק וארם צובה וערי פרס וגלילות טורקיא”ה וערי המערב קבלו עליהם הוראות מרן ז”ל …1 Where on … Continue reading

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The “Reckless Partier” Defense

We have previously discussed the “reckless partier” defense – a halachic exemption from liability for torts perpetrated in the course of customarily boisterous celebration (e.g., on Purim, or at a wedding). The primary early source for this is a ruling … Continue reading

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