"Oh, just what I needed, another shnorrer (a derogatory term for a fundraiser) !!" said the man who opened the door as I was fundraising for my Yeshiva.
"That's Rabbi Flom !!" his embarrassed wife whispered to him.
"Please come in Rabbi" he said, as if I could just ignore his rudeness. [Obviously, everyone has the right to choose their favorite charities etc., but no one has the right to be rude.]
"If you shall lend money to my people, to the poor that are with you, you… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on January 30, 2008 at 11:56pm —
There is an interesting story told in the Book of Judges, Chapter 17. Someone by the name of Michiyahu founded an idolatrous cult. He had an idol and built a temple for this purpose. He sought someone with Continue
leadership qualities, charisma and spirituality to lead his…
Added by Yaacov Haber on January 25, 2008 at 8:23am —
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on January 25, 2008 at 5:25am —
Haaretz wrote: "Munich says carnival parade on Holocaust Day is unstoppable -- Despite complaints from Jewish groups that the date is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a carnival parade through the city of Munich is set to go ahead Sunday.The annual date was established by the UN General Assembly in 2005 and is not a public holiday in Germany.According to a report to appear Wednesday in the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel, Christian Ude, mayor of Munich, said, "The day doesn't have a legal… Continue
Added by Chareidio on January 24, 2008 at 10:43pm —
Added by Bernard S. Antin on January 24, 2008 at 9:05pm —
In response to an anonymous questioner
on my blog: What is the meaning of לֹ֥א תַֽעֲשׂ֖וּן אִתִּ֑י אֱלֹ֤הֵי כֶ֨סֶף֙ וֵֽאלֹהֵ֣י זָהָ֔ב לֹ֥א תַֽעֲשׂ֖וּ לָכֶֽם׃?
After all, the etnachta
is on the word itti,
giving us two apparent separate instructions:
You shall not make [images of anything that is] with Me.
Gods of… Continue
Added by Rabbi Joshua Waxman on January 24, 2008 at 8:25pm —
What are your prefered terms for the Aseres haDibros, and why?
I've heard it said that many avoid calling them The 10 Commandments due to that terms propensity to consider them higher priority than other mitzvos and similar issues.
Added by Chaim on January 24, 2008 at 8:08pm —
SEIF 8 (CONT.)
ASHES IN THE INCENSE POT
To explain the case of the Gemara about an incence-burning-pot that have both wood and ash in it that you may move, we already brought the explanation of most Rishonim that the wood is Muktza and the ash is Heter, since they can be used for covering spit. The Rosh quotes the Ramban, that both the wood and ash were Muktza, but they're both insignificant and are Batul to the pot they're in. The Rambam says that the Heter of moving it is… Continue
Added by rav chaim on January 23, 2008 at 8:55pm —
"Even though I've told you ten times I don't want to sell that watch, you are such a nudge, I'll sell it to you."
When you want someone's object so badly that you force them to give it to you, and according to most commentaries even if you pay for it, you have violated "Thou shall not covet" (Shemos 20:13-14) of the Ten Commandments !!
Understanding what really belongs to us and what really belongs to others, is quite critical to our success in Judaism. It also prevents the… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on January 23, 2008 at 3:38am —
Ramazei DiOraysa: Hints in the Torah
Volume 1 Issue 14
It is said (Shemos 6:5) lachein emor, therefore, say. The word lachein equals in gematria 100, and this alludes to the statement in the Gemara (Menachos 43b) that one is required to recite 100 blessings every day. Thus, these words can be interpreted to mean, lachein, 100 (blessings) emor, recite (daily).
It is said (Shemos 6:8) vinasati osah lachem morashah ani HaShem, and I shall give it… Continue
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on January 22, 2008 at 3:30am —
Rabbi Nosson Dovid Rabinowich published some years back an excellent translation of the book, "The Iggeres of Rav Sherira Gaon." It is a must in every Jewish library, as it contains invaluable information as to the development of our Oral laws and traditions. Nevertheless, as every good work, it is not without its flaws and errors.
I have submitted here a copy of a letter that I recently sent to Rabbi Nosson Dovid Rabinowich about those discrepancies.
* * *… Continue
Added by David Ben-Abraham on January 20, 2008 at 9:09am —
Miriam took her tambourine, took the women aside and led them in song. Today Moshe’s sister is introduced to us by name. Until now we didn’t know her name. She was called “Achos Moshe”, Moses’ sister. We
also learn today about the new title she received: “Miriam the
Where, by the sea, do we see the… Continue
Added by Yaacov Haber on January 18, 2008 at 2:17pm —
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on January 17, 2008 at 11:51pm —
As much as the Torah is timeless it does depict historic events. The exercise for the reader is to see the eternal within the moment. Imagine what the Bene Yisrael must have thought at that moment, the Yam Suf , the Red Sea lies in front , the former masters, the Egyptians in massive numbers and heavily armed are rapidly approaching from behind and they are angry . Though humbled by the A-mighty, Egypt regretted… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on January 17, 2008 at 9:58pm —
I am seeking a list of the Torah Temima's Gemara citations in the order he gives them as sources for his Chumash Chiddushim, ideally indentifying with an English description the start and end positions of the sugyas he references.
I am seeking this to compile as a list of daf images that one who is familiar with Chumash might be able to use for learning become a little bit familiar with a variety of Gemaras.
Added by Chaim on January 17, 2008 at 7:29pm —
The Talmud (Sotah 37) gives us a glimpse of the internal politics among the tribes of Israel immediately preceding the splitting of the Red Sea.
The tribes were arguing for the privilege of being the first to jump into the Sea, especially the… Continue
Added by Yaacov Haber on January 17, 2008 at 6:21pm —
SEIF 8 (CONT.)
WICK AND OIL LEFT IN A LAMP
The Gemara says that the people of Galil were forbidden to move the lamp that had the leftovers of a wick in it, since it was Bosis to it, though it also contained oil. Rashi explains that since linen was a rare commodity there and very expensive, the leftover wick was not inferior to the oil and therefore the lamp is Bosis to the wick. R' Tam says that they had linen, but oil was so plentiful, that it didn't have much value,… Continue
Added by rav chaim on January 16, 2008 at 6:25am —
"I am always so impressed how nicely you do mitzvos. Your Bar Mitzva was just right, and your weddings were perfect. When that Rosh Yeshiva came from Israel you really made him feel at home. But I never understood why when it came to paying your children's tuition, you always try your best to avoid it !!"
When the Torah says "This is my G-d, and I will glorify Him" (Shemos 15:2) The Gomorrah (Shabbbos 133b) says it refers to glorifying mitzvos as we do them, since this glorifies G-d.… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on January 16, 2008 at 6:19am —
Regarding the case of the Aguna of Vilna I see you are leaning toward stringency. You feel the woman should not remarry.
The reason you are leaning this way is because you are not here. You do not hear the crying of this woman nor do you see her tears. If I would be where you are I too would be… Continue
Added by Yaacov Haber on January 11, 2008 at 10:29am —
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on January 11, 2008 at 6:16am —