Sunday, November 30, 2014
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Thursday, November 20, 2014
They are asking that we make an extra effort this Shabbos, IYH to stay away from Machlokes and Lashon Hara, and to have Ahavas Chinam. As we all know, Chatzos is a great way to go into Shabbos calmly, making it much easier to stay away from Machlokes! So Holy Women, keep up the good work! May we be zoche to the Geula Sheleimah, through our Ahavas Chinam! Yael
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I was given your address from my friend, Layah Bergman. Last night I set up a tehillim spreadsheet given the ongoing events in Israel. People have been signing up to read specific perekim. Layah suggested I send the link to the google doc to you. Thank you, Sarah Gryka A Tehillim spreadsheet has been set up due to the ongoing events in Israel. To sign up, go to the following link:click here to sign up.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Please join the Chicago community for an Achdus Tehillim gathering in response to the situation in Eretz Yisrael and on behalf of the victims of the recent attacks Tonight, Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at Cong. K.I.N.S. 2800 W. North Shore Ave. 8:30 Maariv 8:45 Tehillim The Chicago Rabbinical Council Midwest Agudas Yisroel Council of Synagogue Rabbonim
ruch Dayan Haemet – Rabbi Moshe Twersky – Rosh Kolel Toras Moshe Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg Rabbi Kalman Ze’ev Levine Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky Please daven for the injured in the Har Nof Terror attack: Avraham Shmuel ben Shaina Eitan ben Sarah – critical condition Avraham Shmuel ben Charna Shmuel Yerucham Ben Baila (Rebetsen Heller’s son-in-law) Chaim Yechiel Ben Malka Kalman Zeev Ben Chana
Jerusalem Chief Sephardi Rabbi HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Moshe Amar calls on the tzibur to recite Tehillim, perakim 121 and 124 and to recite these perakim in all shuls following all minyanim.
Monday, November 17, 2014
I'm not sure if my last email got sent out...so I'm writing again to firstly thank everyone who is davening and/or saying Tehilim for my brother, Eliyohu Stewart. Although on top of his kidney failure he now also has pneumonia, his condition has very slightly improved, and he's still critical but stable, B"H...Also, Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlit"a said to add the name Refoel. So please daven for a refuah shlaimah for REFOEL Eliyohu Lipman ben Leah. Tizku lemitzvos and may we all share only besuros tovos.please go to here to sign up for tehillim
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Rabbi Elefant brings the Bitzal Chacma Yabia Omer and other Poskim who say that during pezukai dizimra when there a need to interrupt itys better to o it with writing rather then with talking.The Poskim also say between the perakim of krias shema or the Rav ,has to notify someone he is doing something wrong at this time use writing rather then speaking.for the rest of the shiur click here.You will hear the answer about if you areyotza writing sefiras haomer or not?
Saturday, November 15, 2014
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5775 Issue IV Parshas Vayeira Do Me a Favor! Parameters of Midas Sedom
The Mishnah (Avos 5:10) makes the following statement: There are four dispositions among men. One who says, "What's mine is mine, and what's yours is yours"—this is an average personality trait. And some say, this is midas sedom. As we will see below, the latter opinion, which asserts that the disposition of "what's mine is mine, and what's yours is yours" is considered midas sedom, was accepted by Chazal in a halachic sense, giving rise to numerous practical ramifications. Before coming to the halachic question and debate, it is worth giving brief attention to the concept of midas sedom as mentioned in the Mishnah.
THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5775 Issue IV Parshas Vayeira Remembering Hurricane Sandy How Landlords and Tenants Dealt With Sandy by:Rav Dovid Grossman
t was just two years ago when Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the lives of countless Jews on the East Coast with heavy flooding in some areas, and lengthy power disruptions in other places. For homeowners, damage from the hurricane meant serious financial loss. But what about renters and landlords? What did the various problems caused by Sandy mean for them?
One of the seminal events for the entire future history of Bnei Yisroel occurs not with our patriarchs but with Lot and his daughters in Sodom. Our Sages link Lot’s two daughters hanimtzaoth who are found in Sodom to the verse in Tehillim, “Motzoti Dovid avdi – I found my servant David.” Where did I find David, they ask? In Sodom. By this juxtaposition of phrases, our Sages explain that the entire reason for saving Lot and his daughters from the destruction of Sodom was for the purpose of the eventual birth of King David and ultimately of the Messiah. click here for Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein.
For the Jewish people, one of the hallmarks of our great founding parents was their ability to maintain communication with their Creator. God, so to speak, was a constant living presence in their lives, thoughts and actions. And they were able to hear God’s voice, though God has no voice, and to visualize God even though God has no physical appearance. God spoke to them through the inner voice of their own souls which was always longing to reunite with the source of life from which it came.
The Swedish furniture maker IKEA made the headlines this past week, even though it was an innocent bystander to the war of words between the Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his female Swedish counterpart. Reacting to Sweden's recognition of a Palestinian state on the West Bank, Lieberman caustically said that “the Middle East and the Palestinian – Israeli dispute is slightly more complicated than is assembling an IKEA furniture product.” IKEA is the famous Swedish company that manufactures all types of furniture that the buyers must then assemble themselves using their own talents and time. IKEA has a number of large stores here in Israel and is a very popular product worldwide.
OU TORAH The Binding of Isaac(Parshas Vayeira 5775) By Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
“Take your son, your only son, the one you love—Isaac—and go to the land of Moriah. Offer him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Thus begins one of the most famous episodes in the Torah, but also one of the most morally problematic. The conventional reading of this passage is that Abraham was being asked to show that his love for God was supreme. He would show this by being willing to sacrifice the son for whom he had spent a lifetime waiting. Why did God need to “test” Abraham, given that He knows the human heart better than we know it ourselves? Maimonides answers that God did not need Abraham to prove his love for Him. Rather the test was meant to establish for all time how far the fear and love of God must go. On this principle there was little argument. The story is about the awe and love of God. Kierkegaard wrote a book about it, Fear and Trembling, and made the point that ethics is universal. It consists of general rules. But the love of God is particular. It is an I-Thou personal relationship. What Abraham underwent during the trial was, says Kierkegaard, a “teleological suspension of the ethical,” that is, a willingness to let the I-Thou love of God overrule the universal principles that bind humans to one another. Rav Soloveitchik explained the episode in terms of his own well-known characterisation of the religious life as a dialectic between victory and defeat, majesty and humility, man-the-creative-master and man-the-obedient-servant. There are times when “God tells man to withdraw from whatever man desires the most.” We must experience defeat as well as victory. Thus the binding of Isaac was not a once-only episode but rather a paradigm for the religious life as a whole. Wherever we have passionate desire – eating, drinking, physical relationship – there the Torah places limits on the satisfaction of desire. Precisely because we pride ourselves on the power of reason, the Torah includes chukkim, statutes, that are impenetrable to reason.
The Akeidah, the Binding of Isaac, was over. Abraham passed this extraordinary test, and descended from the heights of Mount Moriah — both physically and spiritually. The Torah concludes the narrative with a description of Abraham's return to the world: "Abraham returned to his young men; and they rose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham lived in Beersheba." (Gen. 22:19) Why does the Torah mention that Abraham rejoined the young men he had left behind with the donkey? And why the emphasis on his return to Beersheba and settling there?
The great merit of Abraham’s trial of the Akeidah (the Binding of Isaac) is mentioned repeatedly in our prayers. It is a theme of central importance to Judaism. Yet one could ask a simple question: What is so profound, so amazing about the Akeidah? After all, it was common among certain pagan cults to sacrifice children (such as the idolatry of Molech). In what way did Abraham show greater love and self-sacrifice than the idol-worshippers of his time?
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Rav Honigwachs says benefit from basar vchalav in hospitals?Depends on if he is getting paid. Rav Shlomo Miller some situations rely on Dagal Mervava Rema asur achila but asur hanah only diuriasa fry and other cases is it considered cooking.Problem feed soup milk and meat.Cheeseburger not considered cooking maybe muter.Microwave soup cooking not min ha torah can be matir shas hadichak.Ask a rav.click here for the rest of the shiur.
lease daven for a critically injured soldier who was stabbed today in a terror attack, Almog Asa’el ben Michal אלמוג עשהאל בן מיכל .
Serious tefilot/prayers needed: Hela bat Revital, a recently married BT living in a new community, is pregnant with TRIPLETS (naturally!--and her first pregnancy). She is having major complications and is now on bed rest. She, her husband, and the babies need prayers for physical well-being. Hela and her husband (David ben Devorah) need tefilot also for emotional well-being and patience for what will hopefully be a very long haul of waiting and --then--exhaustion. PLEASE PRAY for Hela bat Revital, and pass on to all tefila/tehillim groups and prayer chains.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014
MINCHA YOU KNOW MY DARLING FRIENDS,WHAT IS Yitzchak all about?When it comes to the last few minutes of the day,Yitzchak shows up.Our holy father Yitzchak brought the prayer of mincha down to the world.You see what it is,when I wake up in the morning like Avraham Avinu I have so many gevalt plans for today but when the day is over gevalt I am broken.Let me share with you something so heartbreaking yet so beautiful In the Freidiker Rebbe diary(Sefer HaSichos the year 5708 p.227)he writes that when he was five years old he went on a walk with his father around mincha time,late afternoon.His father the Rashab asked him why is thesun red b/4 it sets?And this is what his father told him.Every morning when the sun begins to shine the sun isaying today I will bring Maschiach,today I will redeem the world.But then, when the day is over and it didn't happen,the sun is ashamed.So the sun gets red with shame.So the prayer of Mincha is whatever you hoped for this day,God says you didn't do it,but I give it to you as a gift.I don't want you to walk away from this day thinking you didn't do anything.for other divar torahs click here to buy on amazon The Torah Commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Genesis, Part I
Friday, November 7, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Please daven for Shalom Aharon ben Nava. Officials used photos and phone data in the search for the identity of 17-year-old talmid yeshiva Shalom Aaron Ba’adani, who was listed in critical condition in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. He was one of the victims in the Jerusalem vehicular terror attack on Wednesday 12 Marcheshvan but had no ID on him. It took officials about nine hours to identify him and locate family members. The phone was found at the scene of the attack and it was first believed to have been dropped by one of the rescue workers. Only later on did they understand the phone belonged to the unidentified victim. Hospital officials provided medical care but explained they were not responsible for identifying the terror victim. Zaka and other relevant organizations began the effort to identify him and notify his family. Shalom’s parents were summoned to the hospital to make a positive identification. He remains in critical condition with a head injury. It appears he was riding a bicycle when the terrorist rammed his vehicle into him. Shalom is a grandson of Rabbi Shimon Ba’adani Shlita, who is a member of Shas’ Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael. As a result visitors to the hospital include members of the Shas party. The tzibur is urged to be mispallel for Shalom Aharon ben Nava bsoch cholei Am Yisrael.
Hadassah-Ein Kerem hospital has just reported a worsening in the condition of one of the soldiers who was run over in Gush Etzion by an Arab terrorist. The victim's family has requested the public offer prayers for Moshe Yonatan ben Yikarah. May he have a refuah shelaima b'zoch kol cholei yisroel.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
A Gadol in our Midst – a Glimpse into the Great Personality of Rav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, zt”l. IS AT KESHER STAM
YWN Our generation was blessed with the opportunity to behold one of the greatest American Torah figures in history, Rav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, zt”l. Transforming himself from a baseball-playing New York youth to a revered rosh yeshivah among the elite heads of Torah Jewry, he demonstrated by personal example what a person can become when he dedicates himself toward pure Torah learning. Click here for discount. Anecdotes, Advice, and Piskei Halachah of Harav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, zt"l The life of the legendary gaon Rav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, zt”l, spanned much more than just a century of time. Every moment of his life was utilized toward learning and teaching Torah, observing each and every mitzvah in the best way possible, developing his own sterling character, and assisting others with their difficulties. He was -- and remains -- an extraordinary personage and a symbol of our own potential to achieve greatness. Our generation was blessed with the opportunity to behold one of the greatest American Torah figures in history, Rav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, zt”l. Transforming himself from a baseballplaying New York youth to a revered rosh yeshivah among the elite heads of Torah Jewry, he demonstrated by personal example what a person can become when he dedicates himself to pure Torah learning. Yet, with all of his greatness, he didn’t become aloof; he was always available -- with his trademark smile -- for every Jew who sought his p’sak, advice or encouragement. Thanks to his close talmid, Rabbi Shmuel Assayag, Rav Scheinberg’s precious legacy has been preserved with this collection of enriching anecdotes, advice and piskei halachah. Covering a wide range of topics from guidance on proper conduct in yeshivah, interpersonal relationships and raising children, to practical rulings on common halachic queries, A Gadol in Our Midst will treat readers to a glimpse into the great personality of this gadol and his balanced approach to halachah and life. About the author: Rabbi Shmuel Assayag was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He attended the Yesodei Hatorah cheder and then, for high school, learned in Yeshivas Nachalas Tzvi. Afterwards, when he traveled to Eretz Yisrael, he learned in Yeshivas Shaarei Chaim, located in the Torah Ore building, and a few years later joined Yeshivas Torah Ore, where he currently learns in kollel. He lives with his family in the Mattersdorf section of Yerushalayim. (From Judacia Press)
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Rav Wolbe on Chumash Insights of Rav Shlomo Wolbe on the weekly Torah readings and the Festivals By Rabbi Yitzchok Caplan IS AT KESHER STAM
The eternal wisdom of Torah... seen through the eyes of a master of Mussar. Rav Shlomo Wolbe zt'l — "The Mashgiach" — was one of the towering Torah personalities of the twentieth century, the quintessential educator who helped take the torch of the pre-war Mussar Movement and reignite it in the modern world. His teachings and his many sefarim, including Alei Shur, are classics of Jewish thought and hashkafah, studied and beloved throughout the Torah world. For decades, Rav Wolbe gave regular discourses on the Torah, focusing his penetrating insight, broad knowledge, and profound understanding on the weekly parashah. In Rav Wolbe on Chumash Rabbi Yitzchok Caplan, Rav Wolbe's grandson, has collected Rav Wolbe's teachings, both from his weekly lectures and from his many sefarim, and melded them into a deep and yet accessible Torah work. Rav Wolbe's every word was a mussar message, guiding us to greater self-awareness and growth, and affording us a better understanding of our own lives through the perspective of authentic Torah tradition. In these beautifully expressed essays we clearly hear the voices of Torah greats, from the Vilna Gaon to Rav Dessler, from Ramban to Rav Yerucham. And, of course, we hear the gentle and yet penetrating tones of The Mashgiach, Rav Wolbe, as he shares the treasures of the Torah's words. Rav Wolbe on Chumash is a perfect book for the Shabbos table, or for any time we want to follow the wise guidance of this revered master of mussar.(From Artscroll)
Singer and composer Udi Davidi is releasing a Chassidic song for the first time. A number of months after the release of the album Mechakeh LeSheket, which has already been chosen as the album of the year by a number of places, he is releasing a new song together with Israel’s Yedidim Choir. The song entitled Im Amarti Matah Ragli, composed originally by R’ Meir Shapiro of Lublin, the Rosh Yeshiva of Chachmei Lublin and establisher of the Daf Yomi program, whose Yahrtzeit fell out this Shabbos.
Hundreds and thousands of people attended a special event at the Kever of Maran Rav Ovadia Yosef on his yahrtzeit last week, Gimmel Cheshvan. The event was broadcast live on Radio Kol Berama, on the popular Chidodon channel. On top of the musical accompaniment was singer Avi Ben Yisrael.