Talmud Tips

For the week ending 8 September 2018 / 28 Elul 5778

Menachot 16 - 50

by Rabbi Moshe Newman
ArtscrollLibrary

The Fortunate Ones

Rabbi Elazar ben Shamua taught, “How fortunate are you, Torah scholars, that the words of the Torah are so beloved by you.”

  • Menachot 18a

A United Nation

We learn in a beraita, “Just as the four species on Succot must all be taken together, so too does the Jewish People find favor only when they are united together.”

  • Menachot 27a

The Right Guard

Rabbi Chanina taught, “Come and see how the way of G-d is not like the way of humans: The way of a human king is that he sits inside (his palace) and his nation stands outside to guard him. The way of G-d is not like this. The way of G-d is that His people dwell inside and He stands guard for themoutside (i.e., the mitzvah of mezuzah), as the verse says: “G-d is your Guard; G-d is your Shadow by your rightside.” (Tehillim 121:5)

  • Menachot 33b

Surrounded by Mitzvahs

The beraita teaches, “Beloved are the Jewish People! G-d has surrounded them with mitzvot: tefillin on their heads and arms, tzitzit on their clothing and a mezuzah on (each of) their doorposts.”

  • Menachot 43b

Settling the Land of Israel

Our Rabbis taught us in a beraita, “One who rents a house outside of Israel is exempt from the mitzvah of mezuzah for thirty days, whereas one who rents a house in Israel is obligated in the mitzvah of mezuzah immediately due to the importance of settling the Land of Israel.”

  • Menachot 44a

© 1995-2018 Ohr Somayach International - All rights reserved.

Articles may be distributed to another person intact without prior permission. We also encourage you to include this material in other publications, such as synagogue or school newsletters. Hardcopy or electronic. However, we ask that you contact us beforehand for permission in advance at ohr@ohr.edu and credit for the source as Ohr Somayach Institutions www.ohr.edu

« Back to Talmud Tips

Ohr Somayach International is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation (letter on file) and your donation is tax deductable.