• July 3, 2022
  • 4 5782, Tammuz
  • פרשת בלק

Daf Yomi Taanit

Daf Yomi Taanit

Join Rabbi Gidon Rothstein for a daily shiur of the Daf Yomi Masechet Taanit given each morning from the Young Israel of Scarsdale, New York. For the previous masechet, click HERE for the Daf Yomi Rosh Hashanah course.

PLEASE NOTE: Classes are NOT held on Shabbat (Saturday) or Jewish holidays. For those days and any other days when the teacher may not be available at the regularly scheduled time, a pre-recorded lesson will be posted. The live classes will take place Sundays at 7:30am EST and Monday-Friday at 6:15am EST.

November 14, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 2-תענית ב
Class description

Taanit 2a and Taanit 2b, starting the tractate Taanit, about rain, asking for rain, when and why.

November 15, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 3–תענית ג
Class description

Taanit 3a and Taanit 3b, figuring out when nisuch ha-mayim, the libating of water on the altar, happened, and then how wind and dew will not be withheld, with the impact on prayer.

November 16, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 4–תענית ד
Class description

Taanit 4a and Taanit 4b, Torah scholars’ temper, improper ways to make requests of Gd, and then when we do or do not mention Gd’s giving the rains.

November 17, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 5–תענית ה
Class description

Taanit 5a and Taanit 5b, a series of discussions where R. Nahman asks R. Yitzhak to explain verses, and he shares ideas he learned from R. Yohanan, the first related to Taanit.

November 18, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 6–תענית ו
Class description

Taanit 6a and Taanit 6b, when we can expect early rains, until when the early rain season is, and what counts as rains to give us the confidence we are not in a drought year.

November 19, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 7-תענית ז
Class description

Taanit 7a and Taanit 7b, aggadic statements about the greatness of rain and of Torah scholars and sharing Torah

November 20, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 8–תענית ח
Class description

Taanit 8a and Taanit 8b, inferences from verses about how to study better, how to implore Gd more effectively, the value of truth, and more.

November 21, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 9-תענית ט
Class description

Taanit 9a and Taanit 9b, the value of rain, the kinds of merits it takes to get rain, and whether rain is fundamentally earthly or supernatural.

November 22, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 10–תענית י
Class description

Taanit 10a and Taanit 10b, more on where the waters come from, and then on the timing of asking for rain, fasting for rain, and who needs to fast in the early fasts, what to do if the time of trouble is resolved before the fasts are completed.

November 23, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 11-תענית יא
Class description

Taanit 11a and Taanit 11b, joining the community in times of trouble, the upside and downside of fasting, whether we can have fast days for parts of a day.

November 24, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 12–תענית יב
Class description

Taanit 12a and Taanit 12b, the parameters of a ta’anit sha’ot, fasting part of a day, when to accept a fast for it to count as a fast, when a fast can be broken and made up, and what happens in the second set of three fasts, the set of seven fasts, and if rains still did not come.

November 25, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 13–תענית יג
Class description

Taanit 13a and Taanit 13b, differences between major fasts (Tish’a B’Av and any other communal ones, as well as mourning) and minor ones, especially regarding bathing, and then where the special blessing for fast days is inserted.

November 26, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 14–תענית יד
Class description

Taanit 14a and Taanit 14b, differences among the groups of fasts, whether we cry out with a shofar or with extra Anenus, and where an individual asks for help.

November 27, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 15–תענית טו
Class description

Ta’anit 15a and Ta’anit 15b, finishing the first chapter, and then a long Mishnah about the order of the day for fast days, especially the six extra blessings inserted into the prayers and who does or does not fast a full day in which of the series of fasts.

November 28, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 16–תענית טז
Class description

Taanit 16a and Taanit 16b, the parts of the service of a fast day, who did what and why.

November 29, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 17–תענית יז
Class description

Taanit 17a and Taanit 17b, finishing the blessings of the order of a fast day, and then discussing when kohanim would be allowed to drink wine and/or grow their hairs, and how we know, then moving on to why days are defined as rabbinic holidays even when there is a Biblical holiday already there.

November 30, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 18–תענית יח
Class description

Taanit 18a and Taanit 18b finishing the chapter by figuring out the status of the days before or after days declared rabbinic holidays, to not fast or eulogize on them, learning along the way of a few holidays when Jews were saved or anti-Jewish non-Jews got their comeuppance. Then, starting the new chapter with what other troubles would spur fast days.

December 1, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 19–תענית יט
Class description

Taanit 19a and Taanit 19b, a long Mishnah, with other causes for calling out to Gd than rain, and how we do or don’t plead about rain.

December 2, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 20–תענית כ
Class description

Taanit 20 and Taanit 20b, story day, Nakdimon b. Gurion and Gd responding to prayers for a kiddush Hashem, R. Elazar berebbe Shimon learning the importance of civility, humility, and forgiveness, and R. Ada b. Ahavah teaching us how to earn merits.

December 3, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 21-תענית כא
Class description

Taanit 21a and Taanit 21b, more stories of people with merit and how they affect the world around them, as well as of lost potential and its significance.

December 4, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 22–תענית כב
Class description

Taanit 22a and Taanit 22b, unusual ways to earn a place in the World to Come, defining the kinds of wild animals that constitute a heaven-sent time of trouble, and the parameters of other troubles leading to fasting and/or blowing the trumpets.

December 5, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 23–תענית כג
Class description

More on how rain can be good or not so good, what merits can bring it, mostly told through examples of Honi Ha-Me’agel and his grandchildren.

December 6, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 24–תענית כד
Class description

Taanit 24a and Taanit 24b, some upsides and downsides of miracles and miracle workers, where and how to incorporate them in our lives.

December 7, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 25–תענית כה
Class description

Taanit 25a and Taanit 25b, R. Hanina b. Dosa stories, R. Elazar b. Pedat stories, and stories of how fast days did or did not bring rain.

December 8, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 26–תענית כז
Class description

Taanit 26a and Taanit 26b, new chapter, the idea of ma’amadot, gatherings of Jews to symbolically represent the nation with their communal sacrifices, the events of 17 Tammuz and 9 Av, the holiday of 15 Av, and when kohanim do or do not give the priestly blessing.

December 9, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 27–תענית כז
Class description

Taanit 27a and Taanit 27b, the ma’amadot and mishmarot, how they were made up, why they functioned, and what they did.

December 10, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 28–תענית כח
Class description

Taanit 28a and Taanit 28b, the wood sacrifices and who got to give them, events of 17 Tammuz.

December 11, 2021 10:15 am - 11:15 am
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 29–תענית כט
Class description

Taanit 29a and Taanit 29b, verifying the five events of Tish’a B’Av, and then the prohibitions of Erev Tish’a B’Av and the week of Tish’a B’Av.

December 12, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 30–תענית ל
Class description

Taanit 30a and Taanit 30b, the rules of the se’udah mafseket, the last meal before Tish’a B’Av, and then of Tish’a B’Av itself, closing with why the 15th of Av became such a celebratory holiday.

December 13, 2021 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Daf Yomi Taanit: Taanit 31–תענית לא
Class description

Taanit 31a, finishing the massechet with the 15th of Av and its celebrations, and the hope for salvation in the future.

Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein has semicha from YU (RIETS) and a PhD from Harvard. He has worked in shul rabbinate, high school and adult education. He is the author of both fiction and non-fiction, most recently "As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience". He lives in Riverdale, NY.