Tuesday, March 31, 2015

[Aneinu] Name Correction - Tefilla Request

Tefilos are needed for a Chicagoan,Yisrael Yehuda ben Dinah Sarah who has been unfortunately hospitalized with an infection after surgery.

[Aneinu] Tefilla Request

Tefilos are needed for a Chicagoan,Yisrael ben Dinah Sarah who has been unfortunately hospitalized with an infection after surgery.

[Aneinu] Tefillos Needed!

Please daven for the husband of an Aneinu member, Yehuda Leib ben Fruma, who went to ER last night and has been admitted into hospital. Please daven for him as he undergoes a procedure today.

Nachum Segal Presented the Annual JM in the AM Pesach Products Program with Representatives of The OU, J-Drugs and Royal Wines

With the first Seder of 5775 only 4 days away (Friday night), Nachum welcomed Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld & Rabbi Eli Gersten (OU), Ronnie & Larry Birnbaum (J Drugs) & Jay Buchsbaum (Royal Wines) to this morning’s program for the annual JM in the AM Pesach Products Program. They discussed an array of Pesach concerns and topics among themselves and opened the phoned lines so the listeners could take part in the conversation as well.

OU TORAH MISHNA BERURA YOMI (DIRSHU) MB 7b: Bathroom Laws & Etiquette (part 3) By Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, MD

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[Aneinu] Please Daven - Surgery Today

A Chicagoan's sister in law is having serious surgery today at 2:15 Chicago time. Please daven for Miriiam Bas Chana Rivkah.

[Aneinu] Please Daven - Surgery Wednesday

A Chicago bochur in Israel was seriously injured and is having surgery at 9 AM Israeli time (1 AM Chicago time?) tomorrow, Wednesday, AM. Please daven for Nechemya Yehuda ben Shalva Feigel.

[Aneinu] Please Daven for HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita

Please daven for Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim ben Pasha Miriam, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita, who was taken to Bnei Brak’s Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital a short time ago after complaining of not feeling well.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Nachum Hosted Yanky Meyer of Misaskim to Discuss Pesach Safety and More

In the aftermath of last week’s tragic fire in Brooklyn and with the Holiday of Pesach upon us, Nachum welcomed Yanky Meyer of Misaskim to this morning’s JM in the AM to discuss a number of important topical issues. Nachum and Yanky also discussed a fundraising effort going on to have a Torah written in the memory and merit of the 7 Sassoon children, the victims of the tragic fire. “Misaskim®’s mission is to provide support and assistance to individuals experiencing crisis or tragedy by providing vital community services, which include safeguarding the dignity of the deceased, assisting the bereaved and supporting individuals during these times. Misaskim®’s wide array of services include moral support and assistance with the many challenges during crisis or loss. Throughout life’s darkest moments, Misaskim® is a source of light and warmth, encouragement and direction.”

OU TORAH MISHNA BERURA YOMI (DIRSHU) MB 7a: Bathroom Laws & Etiquette (part 2) By Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, MD

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NAALEH.COM and YU TORAH PESACH 5775 Part 2 Introverted Inquirer By: Mrs. Shira Smiles

Shira smiles discuses the child who does not know how to ask.

NAALEH.COM and YU TORAH PESACH 5775 Capitulation Chessed And Chinuch By: Mrs. Shira Smiles

Friday, March 27, 2015

[Aneinu] Please Daven

Please daven for the brother of an Aneinu member, Yosef Shmuel ben Tziporah. He has shingles which has spread to both eyes, and she is worried about him.

[Aneinu] Mr. Sassoon's request to us

Bereaved Father: Jewish Unity, Strength is My Consolation Gabriel Sassoon mourns his seven children in a heartrending letter, asks Jewish people to take a good deed upon themselves in their merit. By Tova Dvorin First Publish: 3/27/2015, 1:13 PM Sassoon family children laid to rest in Jerusalem Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90 Bereaved father Gabriel Sassoon penned a heartrending letter published in Yedioth Aharonot on Friday, describing the grieving process one week after his seven children were killed in a fire that spread through their Brooklyn home. "I really have nothing to say, silence is the message appropriate here," he began. "I have no words to describe the pain." "People ask me: How do I have the energy to deal with the situation?" he added. "It comes down to the fact that I have a great love for God, and as there is with a relationship between people that can improve over time, you can improve your relationship with God over time." Sassoon related that his mother, Elian, after whom he named his oldest child, died when he was 16 years old. He was left alone in Japan with his siblings, after his family had fled from Syria before the second World War; he had no family there. Afterwards, he recounted, he left for Jerusalem to study Torah and understand life; while he was only meant to stay for a month, he eventually decided to stay on a permanent basis. "I began to understand the greatness of our tradition," he said. Sassoon added that he stayed in Jerusalem as a yeshiva (Torah academy - ed.) student and began to appreciate the world of his father, a scholar in Aleppo. He noted that the disconnect between father and son, son and father in the contemporary Jewish world saddens him. As such, he noted, "the main joy of life I had was learning Torah with my children. This created a deep connection between me and the children, and the entire family." " My wife and I, we were scrupulous about the education of our children, and my wife is very devoted to the development of good midot [character traits - ed.], while maintaining personal modesty," he continued. "We worked for our children's education out of joy and love, and that's what made them so noble." "All my kids were kind, modest, and did not talk badly about others," he noted. Speaking of his children, he said "they always did their best to help others, and had a zest for life." He then eulogized each child in turn. "My oldest daughter, Elian, 16, was diligent in every area of her life, particularly in her relationships; she was always happy for others," he said. "13-year-old Rivka was full of life, and it was always important for her to make other people happy." "12-year-old David was gentle, and he had the intelligence of an adult," he continued. "He was worried about his mother all the time." "The 10-year-old Yehoshua was a creative child and was the center of attention all the time," he added. "Then there was 8-year-old Moshe, a musical child, who never stopped smiling. Studies did not come easily to him, but he always pushed himself to succeed." "7-year-old Sarah - everyone loved her innocence," he continued. "5-year-old Yaakov was a 'clown' of the family. Full of confidence." Sassoon then recounted his perspective of events, including his being notified by police officers at a Manhattan Torah Shabbaton (weekend conference - ed.) last Saturday of the tragedy, the shock of the news, and the grieving process. He noted his amazement and gratitude at the unity of the Jewish people behind him and his family as they prepared for the funeral, stating that it moved him. Sassoon urged the Jewish people to capitalize on that unity. "What I'd like to ask the people of Israel at this time, is that everyone look deep into himself - everyone knows himself and his good and bad points - and take upon himself to strengthen a weak point," he concluded. "Whether that's to improve his behavior toward other people, to keep Shabbat, or to keep the laws of family purity - it is very individual." "This will be my consolation." all the best, devorah "I thank, therefore I am." Reb. Malka Kaganoff Az m'vil lang un gliklakh lebn, zol men o'temen durkhn noz un haltn dos moyl farmakht If you want to live a long and happy life, breathe through your nose and keep your mouth closed A held iz eyner vos ken haltn dos moyl farmakht a'fi'le ven er iz gerekht A hero is someone who can keep his mouth shut when he is right.

[Aneinu] Please Daven - Test Today

Please daven for Rivka bas Devora who is having a medical test done this afternoon. Please daven for good results and besoros tovos.

OU TORAH ONE+ONE Yaakov By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Many have the practice to recite, in the prayer following Shemoneh Esrei, a verse that starts and ends with the same letter as their name, or that contains their name, or both. This is considered a source of merit. In this series, we will briefly analyze these verses. יַעַנְךָ ה’ בְּיוֹם צָרָה יְשַׂגֶּבְךָ שֵׁם אֱלֹקי יַעֲקֹב May Hashem answer you on the day of distress; may the name of the G-d of Jacob set you up high. – Psalms 20:2 This is the verse for the name “Yaakov.” Rashi explains that G-d promised to protect Jacob when he went to go live with Laban. Therefore, He is referred to as “the G-d of Jacob” when we speak of His protection.


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Odyssey of a Revolution The Dirshu Legacy Sefer IS AT KESHER STAM

Overview The Odyssey of a Revolution, which was created in conjunction with the World Siyum of the machzor rishon of Dirshu's halachah and mussar program (Daf HaYomi B'Halacha), provides an inside view of the remarkable Dirshu movement that has changed the world dramatically. It takes the reader on a journey from 1997 to 2015, through the eighteen years during which Dirshu has developed from a small, fledgling organization into a history-changing movement. This volume, replete with page after page of powerful and memorable photographs, including many stunning photos of gedolei Yisrael, offers insight into the Dirshu movement and its ethos, and shows why Dirshu has become a premiere organization for facilitating Torah learning in Klal Yisrael.(From Israelbookshop)

[Aneinu] Please Daven for Tzipporah bas Gila - Surgery Now

The Sassoon daughter is having surgery now. Please take a min and say tehillim for Tzipporah Bas Gila and please fwd this message. Besuros Tovos!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

OU TORAH Shmuel Aleph 16 By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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Nachum Segal and Company Presented Day 2 of their participation in the Dirshu Daf Yomi B’Halacha World Siyum from the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv

Nachum continued his Dirshu World Siyum focus on this morning’s JM in the AM, presenting more speakers and features from the Siyum at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv. NSN is proud to have been part of the Dirshu World Siyum and we wish much success to Dirshu and everyone involved on their way through the next cycle of Daf Yomi B’Halacha. Click here for video part 1. Click here for video part 2.

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5775 Issue XXIII Parshas Vayikra Halachic Perspectives on Bankruptcy What is Halacha’s Attitude Toward the Laws and Customs of General Society? by Rabbi Yehonoson Dovid Hool

One of the korbanos that are mentioned in this week's Parsha is the asham gezeila. This korban is brought by one who steals and then falsely swears that he did not. When the thief later regrets his deed, the Torah obligates him to return the stolen item and to bring a korban asham gezeila. From here we learn that a thief must return what he stole. This week's journal will focus on the laws of stealing as it applies to bankruptcy.

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5775 Issue XXIII Parshas Vayikra Controversy Over the Former Secretary's Personal Email Are a Public Servant’s Documents Public Record? by Rabbi Micha Cohn

This week it was discovered that former Secretary of State Clinton used a personal email server to conduct official business. While thousands of emails have been released to the State Department, some members of Congress want the entire server to be turned over. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. said that he would like a neutral, detached, observer to decide which emails are made public and which remain private. In this article we will discuss whether public servants can be compelled to disclose information to their constituents.


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[Aneinu] Tefillos Needed - Surgery Today, Wed Afternoon

Please daven for a Chicagoan, Shaindel Rochel bas Tova Henya who will be having surgery this afternoon.

[Aneinu] From Hakhel - Correct Names

CORRECT NAMES: Upon consultation with the Sassoon family’s Rav, the names previously published should be used when davening: Gila bat Frances Tzipora (mother) and Tzipora bat Gila (daughter). Please say a kepitel Tehillim now for their recovery.

NAALEH.COM Proper Thinking parshat Vayikra By: Rabbi Hershel Reichman

In this class (shiur) Rabbi Hershel Reichman discusses Parshat Vayikra Available online in streaming video, and for download in mp3 and mp4( ipod video) formats

OU TORAH VAYIKRA Why Do We Sacrifice?(What Do We Sacrafice?) By Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The laws of sacrifices that dominate the early chapters of the book of Leviticus, are among the hardest in the Torah to relate to in the present. It has been almost 2,000 years since the Temple was destroyed and the sacrificial system came to an end. But Jewish thinkers, especially the more mystical among them, strove to understand the inner significance of the sacrifices and the statement they made about the relationship between humanity and God. They were thus able to rescue their spirit even if their physical enactment was no longer possible.


The word vayikra that begins this week's Torah reading, and is the name of the third book of the Chumash, is distinguished by having a miniature alef at the end of the word. I have written about this exceptional script/font in previous years. I concentrated then mainly on the traditional explanation that this small letter was inserted in the Torah to highlight the abject humility of our teacher Moshe, with this character trait of humility being the basis for his extraordinary relationship with the Creator. The focus of the explanation regarding this miniature letter was placed on Moshe. However, if I may, I would suggest another type of interpretation in which the focus is not on Moshe, the recipient of God's words, but rather is on God Himself, so to speak.


One of the problems that faces religious leadership in the Jewish world, especially the leadership of the great scholars and heads of the leading educational institutions here in Israel, is that there is a chasm of disconnect between them and the masses that they wish to lead and influence. I remember that once when I was a rabbi in Miami Beach many decades ago, a noted Israeli Talmudic scholar asked permission to speak on Shabbat in my synagogue. I immediately arranged for him to do so but I spoke to him in advance and said that the makeup of the synagogue would not allow for an intricate Talmudic lecture that would not be understood or appreciated.

RAV KOOK ON VAYIKRA Part 2 The Goal of Sacrifices

Sacrifices are not an innovation of the Jewish people. Noah also offered sacrifices to God. However, not all offerings are equal. The Midrash employs the following parable to illustrate this idea: "There was once a king who hired two chefs. The first chef cooked a meal that the king ate and enjoyed. Then the second chef cooked a meal that the king ate and enjoyed. How can we know which meal the king enjoyed more? When the king subsequently commanded the second chef, "Make for me again the dish that you prepared," we realize that the second meal was the king's preferred dish." In other words, by the fact that God commanded the Jewish people to offer sacrifices, we know that God prefers their offerings to those which Noah initiated on his own accord. But how do we evaluate the relative worth of different sacrifices? What distinguishes the service of Israel from that of Noah?

RAV KOOK ON VAYIKRA Part 1 Sacrifices vs. Fasting

When the fourth-century scholar Rav Sheshet fasted, he would add the following request to his Amidah (Standing) prayer: "Master of the Universe! You know that when the Temple stood, a person who sinned would bring a sacrifice. Although only the fats and blood would be offered on the altar, the person would be granted atonement. "Now I have fasted, and my fat and my blood have diminished. May it be Your Will that the decrease in my fat and my blood should be considered as if I offered them on the altar, and my offering was accepted." (Berachot 17a) Rav Sheshet's prayer is inspiring, but it makes one wonder: Why should one go to the trouble of bringing a sacrifice if the same atonement may be achieved through fasting? His prayer draws our attention to a second issue. Why were only the fats and blood of sin sacrifices ( chatat and asham) offered on the altar?

OU TORAH MISHNA BERURA YOMI (DIRSHU) MB 5b: Waking up in the Morning (part 4) By Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, MD

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

OU TORAH Yerushalmi – Berachos 55 By Rabbi Yosef Grossman

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YWN [Aneinu]Sefer Torah In Memory of the Seven Sassoon Children Z”L

It is with a broken heart and spirit that Misaskim, together with all of Klal Yisroel, mourns the incomprehensible and devastating loss of the seven young kedoshim, A”H that tragically perished in a fire that consumed their home on Shabbos Parshas Vayikrah. Misaskim pooled all its resources, and much more in order to offer support to the stricken Sassoon family in the aftermath of this harrowing nightmare. Misaskim volunteers were dispatched to the hospital to ensure the utmost kavod hames for these pure souls. The organization was instrumental in facilitating positive interactions between law enforcement officials, the investigation team, and the Medical Examiner’s Office. Misaskim arranged the transport of the niftarim to Israel and was called upon to join with NYC’s finest in arranging for the sorrowful levayah that was attended by thousands of people. Now we are all left with a gaping sense of emptiness. True to the organization’s mission, Misaskim would like to offer an everlasting comfort to the family and to these pure neshamahas in shomayim by embarking on a project to write a Sefer Torah leilui nishmasom a”h. Even more so, this Sefer Torah will certainly be a z’chus refuah Shleima for Gila bas Tziporah and Tziporah bas Gila. Misaskim is inviting acheinu kol Bais Yisroel to join us in this special mitzvah. Individuals who wish to fulfill an everlasting chesed can choose to participate by donating a parshah, an amud, or even a passuk. Donations can be made online by visiting http://www.misaskim.org/sefertorah.phpor by contacting Misaskim at: 718-854-4548. NOTE: YWN has confirmed that his has been approved by the family. (YWN Desk – NYC)

[Aneinu] Tefillos Needed - Surgery Wednesday

Please daven for a Chicagoan, Shaindel Rochel bas Tova Henya who will be having surgery Wednesday morning.

[Aneinu] Please Daven

Please daven for the great grandchild of a Chicagoan, Yehoshua ben Nechama Aliza, who was born 24 weeks old and had a set back today and needs special tefillos.

Live Remote Alert! Nachum Segal and Company Broadcasted Live from the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv in Honor of the Dirshu Daf Yomi B’Halacha World Siyum (pictures included)

Nachum continued his great post-marathon week in Israel with a broadcast from the Menorah Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, in honor of the Dirshu Daf Yomi B’Halacha World Siyum. Nachum hosted special guests, played selections from the Dirshu CDs and more.Click Here for video.

OU TORAH Shmuel Aleph Review First Half By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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OU TORAH MISHNA BERURA YOMI(DIRSHU) MB 5a: Waking up in the Morning (part 3) By Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, MD

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Monday, March 23, 2015

HAGGADAH PICK NUMBER 8 Torah Vodaas Haggadah, Vol. 2 Unique Insights from Legendary Roshei Yeshiva

Print discount here.This Pesach, invite a constellation of Torah luminaries to your Seder withThe Torah Vodaas Haggadah, Volume 2. Explore the layers of deeper meaning of the Haggadah with Gedolei Torah of yesteryear: Rav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz, Rav Reuven Grozovsky, Rav Shmuel Kushelevitz, Rav Yaakov Kantrovitz, Rav Moshe Rosen, Rav Aharon Yeshaya Shapiro, Rav Nesanel Quinn, as well as Gedolei Torah of today: HaRav Yisroel Belsky and HaRav Moshe Wolfson. Together, they will transport you to a fuller and uplifting understanding of Haggadah and the meaning of Pesach.(From Feldheim)

HAGGADAH PICK NUMBER 7 The Alshich Haggadah

Print discount here. The Alshich did not write a specific commentary on the Haggadah; however, in his vast body of writings, he explains many of its ideas and themes. In this adaptation, we study the Haggadah as the Alshich understood it. Utilizing his unique method of asking stimulating questions on which he focuses his commentary, the Alshich combines the classic teachings of the Sages with his own insights and often presents a truly original approach to the questions posed. Questions such as: how can we integrate the hidden message of the order of the Seder into our daily living? Why does the Seder experience begin with an invitation to strangers to join us at our meal? What is the thread that connects all the questions of the Four Sons? Why does the Haggadah place such emphasis on Rabbi Yehudah's three-word acronym of the Ten Plagues? These are a small sample of the queries and comments addressed in this fascinating commentary. More works have been written on the Haggadah than almost any other book in Torah literature — and rightly so. Every Seder is enriched by the presence of commentary after commentary, insight after insight, interpretation after interpretation. With the publication of this edition, English readers who have difficulty with scholarly Hebrew commentaries can see for themselves why the Alshich is considered one of the greatest of Torah expositors and why his commentary ranks amongst the seventy authentic ways to understand Torah. The Alshich's multi-faceted commentary provides thought-provoking questions and comments, together with novel insights and answers, in ample measure. Who was the Alshich? Rabbi Moshe Alshich (1508-1600), reverently referred to as HaAlshich HaKadosh (the Holy Alshich), was a dayan on the Tzefas Beis Din (Rabbinical Court) of Rabbi Yosef Caro, author of the Shulchan Aruch. He was also an early mentor of the Kabbalist Rabbi Chaim Vital. Although the Alshich wrote many halachic responsa, he is most noted for his Tanach commentary, based primarily on his regular Shabbos sermons. This monumental work has been hailed by more than four centuries of Torah scholars as one of the greatest expositions ever written on Scripture. In it, he expounds on complicated passages, answering fundamental questions of faith and Jewish belief. The Alshich uses his creative insight and his encyclopedic knowledge of Tanach, Talmud and Midrash to weave together his profound interpretations of Tanach. Studying Torah, Nevi’im and Kesuvim, by the bright light of the Alshich’s commentary will warm the heart and illuminate the mind of every reader, from the nascent newcomer to the advanced talmid chacham. No less a personage than the Arizal, who would attend the Alshich’s Shabbos derashos, described the Alshich’s commentary as possessing אַחַת מִׁשִבְעִים פָּנִים בַּתּוֹרָה , one of just seventy authentic ways to understand Torah — a rare accolade indeed. From the Approbations Rabbi Avie Gold has masterfully selected and translated the Alshich’s illuminating interpretations and deep insights of the verses in the Torah that refer to yetzias Mitzrayim and the Seder night. These have been written in a lucid, pleasing English and will undoubtedly augment and enhance the readers’ concept and understanding of the Haggadah, thus enriching the Seder and Pesach experience overall. —Dayan Menachem Gelley, Rosh London Beis Din / Rav of Beis Hamedrash Ohr Chodosh Studying the Haggadah as interpreted by the Alshich will shed new light on its lessons, and will illustrate how the holy words of Chazal have their foundations in the verses of Tanach, and will reveal the depth, beauty, and power of our traditions…This will undoubtedly enhance the English readers’ understanding of the miracles of the Exodus … —Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky Rosh Yeshiva, Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia This work will be a vital aid to those to whom the Hebrew text is not an option. It will also aid those who can read the original, but to whom English is not their mother tongue, and it will help clarify and make the words of the Alshich even more alive and understandable. —Rabbi Zev Leff, Rav of Moshav Matityahu Rabbi Avie Gold has skillfully translated and presented the commentary of Rabbi Alshich to our English-speaking generation in this book. He has done so with faithfulness to the text and clarity and insight in its translation. This Haggadah is therefore worthy of being on one’s Seder table, and its profound insights should provide for great discussion and intellectual stimulation on the holy night of Pesach. —Rabbi Berel Wein, Historian, author, and international lecturer(From Feldheim)

Nachum Segal and Company Broadcasted JM in the AM Live from the JNF Recreation Center in Sderot, Israel (pictures included)

On the heels of another successful JM in the AM Fundraising Marathon, Nachum Segal presents a series of great broadcasts from the Holy Land, visiting special venues to once again bridge the gap between our brothers and sisters in the State of Israel and those of us residing in the diaspora. This morning’s broadcast took Nachum and company to the JNF Rec. Center in Sderot where Nachum hosted several special guests including: Mayor Alon Davidi, Major General Doron Almog, Ariel Kotler, Ahuva Holland, Head Nurse at Aleh Negev, Doreet Freedman from NEfesh B’Nefesh, Amit Cohen, Firefighter Moshe Gefen, Yoel Rosby, Yedidya Harush, Rabbi Leor Sinai, co-CEO of AMHSI, Ben Gutmann, Roni Flamer.Archived video here.

YWN Flatbush Hatzolah Member Involved In Serious Crash Undergoes Surgery

Please be Mispallel for Yehuda Aryeh Leib ben Chana Tzipora, a member of Flatbush Hatzolah, who was involved in a serious crash. Sources tell YWN that the accident happened around 11:30PM Sunday night, at the intersection of Avenue R and East 13th Street. The Hatzolah volunteer was transported to Lutheran Trauma Center with serious fractures. He underwent surgery on Monday morning.

[Aneinu] Another Name Correction for mother and daughter

As informed by Gail's parents, the proper names for our Tefilot are as follows: For Gail Sassoon: Gilsom Gilah bat Tsiporah Frances For Tsiporah Sassoon: Tsiporah bat Gilsom Gilah Please continue to pray

[Aneinu] Request for Tefillos from Israel

BS"D Dear Daveners: The shear numbers and rapidity of their occurrence is mind boggling --and so many children. Reb. Yemima Mizrachi noted that when the Gross children R"L were niftar that HK"B "speaks to us between the Cheruvim" through our children. (1) Shalom Yedidya ben Chana Perel Sara - a 3-year-old (his mother is a former resident of Neve Yaakov) who has been having severe neurological problems and seizures. By now he's been in the hospital for 5 days and has been getting worse, and his situation is considered pikuach nefesh. (2) Chaviva Sarah bas Ahuva Tzivia is doing a little better but still needs tefillos (liver transplant)

OU TORAH MISHNA BERURA YOMI(DIRSHU) MB 4b: Waking up in the Morning (part 2) By Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, MD

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OU TORAH Shmuel Aleph 15 By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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[Aneinu] Fwd: Today's Terrible Tragedy - We Dont Know Why But We Know...

Suggestions from an Aneinu member on how to respond to the tragedy in Flatbush: Sent: 3/22/2015 5:43:13 P.M. Central Daylight Time Subj: Re: [chicago-aneinu] Today's Terrible Tragedy - We Dont Know Why But We Know What. there also a nice websites like Yu Torah that has hundreds of shiurs on yutorah.org naaleh.com and ou.org/torah. plus Dirshu Mishna berura yomi program is restarting today there are 2 shiurs one at Or Torah at 8:30 am and one at Kollel Ahavas Hatorah 3135 devon at 8:45 pm for more information email info@kollel dirshu.org order a calendar or sign up for the daily email

OU TORAH Shmuel Aleph 14 By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

OU TORAH MISHNA BERURA YOMI (DIRSHU) MB 4a: Waking up in the Morning (part 1) Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, MD

Mishnah Brurah Yomi(Dirshu)starts here! (Folio 4a is the first page in the standard edition of the Mishnah Brurah.)

[Aneinu] CORRECTION - Please Daven - Surgery Monday

From an Aneinu member: Please daven for my cousin, Leah bat Yaffa,from Indianapolis who is having a 10 hour surgery tomorrow.


Please daven urgently for Chicagoan - Perry Baver, Nechemya Aryeh Laib Peretz ben Esther Rachel Regarding serious Medical issues.

[Aneinu] Today's Terrible Tragedy - We Dont Know Why But We Know What

We Don't Know "Why" We Do Know "What" We Do Know "When" We Do Know "Where" We Do Know "How" We don't know "why" Hashem chose to take a young beautiful family in a tragic way. It's not our job to know "WHY", it's not even our job to try to figure out "WHY". (see parable at the end) When a tragedy occurs it is incumbent upon us to change our ways for the better. If we don't, we are considered foolish. (Based on words of sages) We therefore came up with some practical ideas for each of us to consider. It is easy to feel the pain for the moment but let's make a concrete commitment change the future for the better. Take an idea or two and accept bli neder to do it. Some people might want to do it for a specific amount of time, others might want to only take one or two things upon themselves. The key is to do something! Don't waste the message that Hashem is sending. Do not press 'delete' or 'ignore' on Hashem's message. Let us unite and make a change together We have compiled some examples, It is by no means a comprehensive list. Please feel free to use your own ideas. Every individual has to work on their service of Hashem in areas they feel necessary. Please undertake a small Kabbalah as a merit for the Sasson Family Practical Examples WHAT - Look around for small things that can change the world for the better 1) Greet people with a smile. 2) Do not get upset during this stressful Pesach season. 3) Tell your wife/husband/parents/children that you appreciate them/ love them and show it. 4) Put your phone away for an hour and spend it with your family 5) Strengthen your tefilla say it slowly with kavana (for men daven with a minyan). When- Our job is to know "when" to say yes (mitzvah) and when to say no (avaira). Our neshoma is the purest part of us. Every mitzva beautifies it every avaira dulls the neshama. 1) Work on self control. 2) Know when to say yes and when to say no. 3) Be honest with ourselves. Where- Let us re-sensitize ourselves and be honest about the places we don't belong. Most of the time we rationalize to convince ourselves that we belong there when we really don't. Let us try to stay away from places we don't belong. How - "How" do we change our actions so that we bring glory to Hashem's Great Name. 1) Make a Kiddush Hashem to the rest of the world, Jew and non-Jew alike. 2) Set aside time every day to learn. 3) Say a bracha with proper kavana. 4) Say a bracha out loud. 5) Answer amen. 6) Every time you leave the house ask yourself "am I dressed the way the King's child should be dressed". You may choose to sign up for a learning program (see box at bottom) that can be a merit for the Sasson family and a merit for all of Klal Yisroel There are many parables to help realize that we don't understand Hashems ways and we might never understand his ways. We have included two parables, but there are many more. Parable #1 Imagine a professor giving a science lecture to a group of brilliant colleagues. In the room there is a 5 year old who has no idea what the professor is saying. Even though this 5 year old has potential to be a greater sceintest then the professor, yet at 5 years old he is clueless to what the professor is saying. How much more so when the "Professor" is Hashem who is infinitely greater than us. Is it a wonder that we don't understand His ways? it would be a wonder to us that we can even sometimes have a clue to what Hashem wants from us. (Heard from Rabbi Shais Taub) Our lack of understanding does not make Hashem's ways unjust. It is our minds that are incapable of comprehending the secrets of Hashem. Parable #2- A child gets an infection and needs antibiotics. The doctor prescribes a very foul-tasting medicine. The doctor says if the child doesn't take it she will die. The child refuses to take the medication. The parents have no choice but to hold down the child, the father holds the hands and legs while the mother holds the face as they squirt this horrific tasting medicine down the child's throat. The child is crying and thinking what terrible hurtful parents she has, If the child can communicate she would tell her parents "You are the worst parents . Why are you doing this to me? You are holding me down, hurting me, squirting horrible liquid down my throat. You must hate me!" The parents are crying and thinking we are only doing this out of ultimate love and care for you our beloved child. We know it hurts you we know you don't like it but we also know it is saving your life. Today's tragedy hurts, today's tragedy is so painful we can't wrap our mind around it. It scares us to think about it. We can't fathom the thought that it's a medicine, but it is! Hashem is crying with us and saying, "My sons my daughters, I love you all so much! I know this medicine hurts but one day you'll understand." We pray that the day comes very quickly. May we merit the days that we don't need any more "medicine" and may we see the ultimate redemption with the coming of Moshiach Tzidkainu and the Geulah Shelaima bimehaira beyomaiynu Amen! Inspiration daily Embrace Shabbat Guard your mouth Think Hashem Praying with fire Emuna daily Daf yomi Embrace Shabbos Mishna Berura daily Mishna daily

Aneinu Another name correction for fire victims

According to the family Rav, Rav Cherba, the names are as follows:   MOTHER: GILSOM GILA GAYLE bat TZIPORAH FRANCES DAUGHTER: TZIPORAH bat GAYLE

Saturday, March 21, 2015


An unfathomable and absolutely horrific tragedy struck the Flatbush Jewish community over Shabbos, when seven children in one family were R”L killed in a fire. Fire officials say that the fire tore through their Brooklyn home after they had gone to bed, a tragedy that authorities believe was caused by a malfunctioning hot plate left on for Shabbos. Ads By Artscroll:Click Here! The blaze took the lives of three girls and four boys – ages 5 to 16 – and left their mother and another child in critical condition. Fire officials said the flames would have prevented the mother, who escaped out a window, from trying to rescue her children. The mother and daughter and in need Rachmei Shomayim and their names for Tehillim are Tziporah bas Avigayil, and Avigayil bas Tziporah. “This is an unbelievable tragedy,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said after touring the charred residence. “Every New Yorker is feeling this pain right now.” Fire investigators believe a hot plate left on a kitchen counter ignited the flames that raced up the stairs, trapping the children in their second-floor rear bedrooms, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. Nigro called it the city’s worst fatal fire in recent memory. “It’s a tragedy for this family, it’s a tragedy for this community, it’s a tragedy for the city,” he said. Police officials identified the victims as members of the Sassoon family. Three of the children were girls: Eliane, 16, Rivkah, 11 and Sara, 6. Four were boys: David, 12, Yeshua, 10, Moshe, 8 and Yaakob, 5.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Tehillim link for Chaim Rothman (one of those who survived the Har Nof massacre.) Please enter and let's finish as many books as we can! He needs a big yeshua A joint Tehillim for the Refuah of Chaim Yechiel Ben Malka. Each one that will go into the link, will automatically receive a different chapter to read. This way, a number of Tehillim books could be completed in a short time and with the participation of others for beloved ones. http://tehilimyahad.com/mr.jsp?r=f4TOVafyGH

OU TORAH Shmuel Aleph 13 By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

[Aneinu] Tehillim Link for Injured Bochur

young boy injured while on a Tiyul today and 8 hours of surgery and now in ICU in critical condition:http://tehilimyahad.com/mr.jsp?r=2UiaGElYMH

HAGGADAH PICK NUMBER 6 Seder Talk: The Conversational Haggada By: Erica Brown

For award-winning author and educator Dr. Erica Brown, one should approach the Passover Seder with imagination as well as intellect. The Seder’s grab-bag of esoteric rabbinic texts, prayers, symbolic foods, and strange farm-animal songs opens the door for commentary and conversation, inviting us to make the exodus story truly our own. SEDER TALK: THE CONVERSATIONAL HAGGADA features two books in one: an erudite, sensitive commentary on the Haggada text with conversation trigger points, and eight short essays for each day of the holiday. In her signature educational style, Dr. Brown includes art and poetry to engage the reader in the sensory emotions of Seder night in addition to thought-provoking questions and life-homework exercises for greater mindfulness, intention, and inner freedom. SEDER TALK introduces ideas from the Vilna Gaon, Stephen King, Rav Kook, the Hassidic Sfat Emet , the Harvard Business Review, and more, creating a springboard for fascinating conversation for all ages.(From Koren)You can either order this directly from Koren or your local bookstore.In Chicago that would be Rosenblooms.

[Aneinu] Please Daven - Surgery Now

Please daven and say tehillim for Aharon Reuven ben Rivka. He is a boy from Neve Yaakov who fell today while on a tiyul. He is in emergency surgery now. His situation is critical!

[Aneinu] Audio: Pesach in Halacha - Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst

Enhance your Sedarim and increase your Yom Tov enjoyment. Learn how and what you need to clean and prepare according to Halacha. The Halachos of the Four Kosos, Matzah and Maror. Audio: Pesach in Halacha by Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst - Stream Link Audio: Pesach in Halacha by Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst - Download Link

ARCHIVED OU Kosher Pre-Pesach Webcast 5775 (2015)


OU TORAH ONE+ONE Yitzchak By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Many have the practice to recite, in the prayer following Shemoneh Esrei, a verse that starts and ends with the same letter as their name, or that contains their name, or both. This is considered a source of merit. In this series, we will briefly analyze these verses. יוֹצִיאֵם מֵחֹשֶׁךְ וְצַלְמָוֶת וּמוֹסְרוֹתֵיהֶם יְנַתֵּק He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their shackles apart. – Psalms 107:14 This is the verse for the name “Yitzchak.” This verse refers back to verse 10. There, the Metzudas David explains that “the shadow of death” means the threat of death and “darkness” means the impending darkness of the grave. Taking us “out of darkness” is therefore a metaphor meaning to save our lives.

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5775 Issue XXII Vayakhel-Pekudei Married Women and Tzedaka May a Woman Donate Her Husband's Money to Tzedaka? by Rabbi Yitzchak Basser

In this week's Parshah the Torah relates that when the women brought donations for the construction of the Mishkan, their husbands came with them. The Sifsei Chachamim (35:22, quoting the Nachlas Yaakov) explains that since according to the Halacha, married women may not give donations to Tzedaka without their husbands' permission, it was necessary for the husbands to accompany the women who brought donations, to confirm that they were aware of the gifts and had given their consent. This week's Journal will explore some details of the Halacha that forbids collecting charity from married women without their husbands' consent.

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5775 Issue XXII Vayakhel-Pekudei The Burden of Tuition ByRabbi Daniel Dombroff

Costs of living in the frum community are rising every year. Along with regular expenses, the cost of yeshiva tuition is also an increasing financial burden. Many schools are likewise struggling with financial problems, and are having difficulty making ends meet. How can they pay their teachers when the parents do not pay tuition fees?

NAALEH.COM YU TORAH Parshiyot Vayakhel and Pekudai 5775 Inspired Intentions By: Mrs. Shira Smiles

Parshat Pekudie includes a review of many of the components of the Mishkan as they were being completed. When all is ready, the people try to erect the Mishkan but are unsuccessful. Then the Torah states: “They brought the Tabernacle to Moshe, the tent and all its utensils: its hooks, its planks … the cover … the partition curtain … the Ark of Testimony …” The question our Commentators asks is that it appears from the list that Bnei Yisroel brought all the components of the Mishkan to Moshe, yet the verse seems to begin by saying that they brought the completed Tabernacle (Mishkan) to Moshe. If they brought all the separate parts to Moshe, as Ramban understands it, why does the Torah say they brought the Tabernacle, seemingly already built, especially since the Torah later states that the Mishkan was erected, in the passive voice, having miraculously built itself, as Rashi understands it? Click here for Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein.

OU TORAH PEKUDEI 5775 Integrity in Public Life By Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

There is a verse so familiar that we don’t often stop to reflect on what it means. It is the line from the first paragraph of the Shema: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your me’od.” That last word is usually translated as “strength” or “might.” But Rashi, following the Midrash and Targum translates it as “with all your wealth.” If so, the verse seems unintelligible, at least in the order in which it is written. “With all your soul” was understood by the sages to mean, “with your life” if need be. There are times, thankfully very rare indeed, when we are commanded to give up life itself rather than commit a sin or a crime. If that is the case then it should go without saying that we should love God with all our wealth, meaning, even if it demands great financial sacrifice. Yet Rashi and the sages say that this phrase applies to those “to whom wealth means more than life itself.”

OU TORAH VAYAKEL 5775 The Spirit of Community By Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

What do you do when your people has just made a golden calf, run riot and lost its sense of ethical and spiritual direction? How do you restore moral order – not just then in the days of Moses, but even now? The answer lies in the first word of today’s parsha: Vayakhel. But to understand it we have to retrace two journeys that were among the most fateful in the modern world.


The main lesson of this week's Torah reading, which may possibly be obscured by the wealth of Mishkan detail that appears in these closing chapters of the book of Shemot,, is the basic Jewish concept of accountability. Moshe accounts for all of the work that was done in the construction of the Mishkan/tabernacle and for every shekel that was expended in that project


It has been a strange and difficult winter weather-wise both in the United States and here in Israel. Jerusalem has absorbed two major snowstorms and the country as a whole felt bitter cold and even snow in areas of our land that are certainly not accustomed to such happenings. The United States has been in the grip of an Arctic polar vortex that has made snow and cold very unpopular words over most of the country.

RAV KOOK ON VAYAKHEIL Part 3 The Dual Nature of the Tabernacle

An obvious question strikes anyone reading the portions of Vayakheil and Pekudei. Why did the Torah need to repeat all of the details of how the Tabernacle was built? All of these matters were already described at great length in Terumah and Tetzaveh, which record God's command to build the Mishkan.

RAV KOOK ON VAYAKHEIL Part 2 Art and Creation

"Moses informed the Israelites: God has selected Betzalel... and has filled him with a Divine spirit of wisdom, insight, and knowledge in all craftsmanship." (Ex. 36:30-31) What exactly were these three gifts of wisdom, insight, and knowledge that God bestowed upon Betzalel? The Sages wrote that the master craftsman was privy to the very secrets of creation. Betzalel knew how to 'combine the letters with which the heavens and the earth were created,' and utilized this esoteric knowledge to construct the Tabernacle (Berachot 55a).

[Aneinu] Please Daven - Surgery Now

Please daven for a relative of Chicagoans, Chaviva Sara bat Ahuva Tzivia, a mother of many children from Israel who is in surgery right now having a liver transplant in France.

RAV KOOK ON VAYAKHEIL Part 1 Choosing a Leader

Betzalel's Appointment God informed Moses of Betzalel’s appointment to oversee the construction of the Tabernacle, and Moses subsequently apprised the people. According to the Midrash (Berachot 55a), however, this was not just a perfunctory notification.

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5775 Issue XXI Parshas Ki Sisa Financial Negotiations in Halachah The First Question Every Jew is Asked Before The Heavenly Court by Rabbi Yehonoson Dovid Hool

In this week’s parsha we read about the episode of the eigel hazahav, the sin of the Golden Calf, during which Aharon led the Jews to make a Golden Calf that was used by many for idol worship. The Gemara (Maseches Sanhedrin 7a) gives an explanation for Aharon's behavior, in that Aharon saw that Chur was killed for having tried to prevent the people from constructing the Golden Calf and therefore he capitulated and allowed them to build it. Aharon was concerned that if they would kill him too, the sin would be so great that even repentance wouldn’t suffice to atone for such a sin. This is because Aharon was both a prophet and a kohen gadol, and as the verse in Megillas Eichah (2:20) teaches, the compounded sin of killing one who is both a Kohen Gadol and a prophet is almost insurmountable. He therefore allowed himself to build the golden calf, because at least they would be able to later repent for their sin.

THE BAIS HAVAAD HALACHA JOURNAL: Volume 5775 Issue XXI Parshas Ki Sisa Obama Attacks Financial Advisers Putting Your Client’s Interests First by Rabbi Yitzchak Grossman

President Obama has recently proposed raising the legal standard to which financial brokers are held. Currently, it is sufficient that their recommendations be “suitable” for their clients; the new, higher standard of “fiduciary responsibility” would require them to put their clients' interest before their own: "It's a very simple principle: You want to give financial advice, you’ve got to put your client’s interests first. You can't have a conflict of interest."1 In this article we explore some of the halachic considerations that govern the provision of financial advice, particularly in the context of conflicts of interest.