Brachos 54 – ברכות נד

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Today’s Daf Yomi Question:

The Gemara provides a list of landmarks that require a bracha on account of a miracle that occurred to Klal Yisrael in those locations (neis shel rabim).  Amongst them is mentioned the salt-pillar of Lot’s wife; why is this also considered a communal miracle?

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Shabbos 28 – שבת כח

There is a quote in the name of Rav Chaim Brisker that ‘miracle items’ are not suitable for use in the Mishkan/Beis Hamikdash since the Torah specifically requires natural occurring materials.  For example, ‘miracle- oil’ would not suitable for the Menorah since the Torah speaks of ‘Shemen Zayis’ and not ‘Shemen Neis’.  How was the Tachash used for the Mishkan if it was a result of a timely miraculous creation?