Tractate Berakhos II: Commentary and Study...

The guide to how Rabbis formulated their decrees and delt with changing conditions after the destruction of the Second Temple and the fall of Betar.

Preface It is with great joy and hakaras haTov to the Almighty that we present Tractate Berakhos, Volume II, the ninth volume of the Master a Mesikhta Series. We wish to acknowledge the superb contribution of Rabbi Yosef Fleischman, Chaver, Kolel Choshen Mishpat in Jerusalem, who wrote the major sections of the Outline and the halakhic sections of the Analysis. May this work serve . לעלוי נשמת אביו דוד אריה בן יצחק ז״ל Following upon our huge success with Mirrors of Eternity: Understanding the Disputes of R. Yehuda and R. Nechemia, the first volume in the Master the Midrash Series, there has been a call for more extensive analysis and overviews of the disputes in the Tractate. Oftentimes, one finds that this is an area which is seriously overlooked. We have responded by offering an in- depth analysis of some of the major topics in the Tractate. Fundamentally, our goal is to reveal how simple disputes carry cosmic significance and to show fundamental underpinnings of disputes. The Gmara was written in very turbulent times. First the Second Temple was destroyed and then Betar. The Jewish population was displaced from the southern portions of the land and was forced to live in the north. These changing circumstances caused the Rabbis to impose many halakhic decrees. In the Mishna and Gmara we find that the extent of these decrees is disputed. Where possible we explain how the haskafah of each Rabbi ( שורש נשמתו ) serves to generate his halakhic stance. This pursuit is significant. Understanding how these Rabbis formulated decrees and dealt with changing conditions sheds light on how they would have reacted to some of our modern day dilemmas. The topics covered are varied. They include: Dreams, prophecy and wisdom, the origin of brakhos ( blessings), Birkas haMazon ( Grace after Meals) and Birkas haZimun, the significance of wine for Kiddush, the dispute over the significance of Rosh haShana, the use and significance of asmakhtos, and the meaning and import of the blessing שלא עשני אש ה ( You did not make me a female). We receive many requests for the next tractate and we are sorry that we cannot fulfill all requests immediately. The next tractates to be published iy H are Sukkah and Beitza. The next sefer in the Master the Midrash Series: Mirrors of Eternity will be What is the Status of Amalek?: Understanding the Disputes of R. Eliezer haModai and R. Yehoshua. The next tape series will be a multi- level approach towards Rosh haShana. Chapter Home

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