A few months ago, Rabbi Yaacov Katz (a Rosh Chabura in the Mirrer Yeshiva) and I were amongst eight people who were needed to make a minyan for mourners we didn't know. As the other six left after the davening, they said perfunctorily "Hamakom Yinachem..." (the standard line of consoling a mourner). Rabbi Katz sat down and said to these strangers "tell me something about your mother..." and we stayed there for about ten minutes listening.
"And it was after the death of Avraham that… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on October 31, 2007 at 9:13am —
SEIF 7 (CONTINUED)
A BED THAT WAS DESIGNATED TO HOLD MONEY- PART TWO
The Rif, when bringing down these Halachos, doesn't differentiate between whether the bed is designated for holding money. He only differentiates between having money on it, which prohibits one to move it, and whether there is no money on it, that permits one to move it. The question is: Why doesn't he Paskin
like Rav that prohibits moving the designated bed even if there is no money…
Added by rav chaim on October 30, 2007 at 7:34am —
When examining any narrative in Tanach and all the more so when the subject is a pivotal event in Jewish History one should be sensitive to an underlying lesson. Such an event is the binding of Yitzchak (chapter 22).…
Added by Bernard S. Antin on October 26, 2007 at 7:06pm —
TorahLab team, headed by Rabbi David Sedley, has done a remarkable job
at adding a significant contribution to Jewish literature and
A little about the book and its history.
“There were many great Torah authors and many styles of mussar. Not every author can speak to every soul; there are after all so many different types of souls. The exception to this is Rabbeinu Yonah Continue
Girondi (and specifically his book on teshuvah). His writings…
Added by Yaacov Haber on October 26, 2007 at 3:38pm —
By Rabbi Yaacov Haber
Something occurred to me today. Why are we all different? Why do we all have different talents, natural skills and different likings? The answer is because we all have a different contribution to make. It is our unique abilities that define the contribution we need to make.
I must admit that every once in a while I find myself watching someone and wishing I could sing, talk, write, dance, explain or understand as well as they. But then I realize, that if I could… Continue
Added by Yaacov Haber on October 26, 2007 at 3:35pm —
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on October 26, 2007 at 7:22am —
Some time ago, I wrote an article about modesty. I expressed my opinions and the way I viewed modesty in a woman. This is an opinion, not halachic, expression from my male view of modesty. I thought I would share it and face the wrath of those that may have other opinions.
In today's competitive world, people are constantly looking for ways to draw attention to themselves. Unfortunately, many have chosen to display themselves immodestly. They are… Continue
Added by Baruch Meir on October 26, 2007 at 12:15am —
In this week’s Parsha, we read about when the three angels came to visit Avroham Aveinu. There is a Midrash that relates an interesting dialogue in connection with their visit. Many years later, when Moshe went to the Heavens to receive the Torah, the Angels protested and wanted to keep the Torah for themselves in the Heavens. Moshe however, said, that since they had eaten milk and meat when they visited Avroham, they were not worthy of keeping the Torah. We see… Continue
Added by Baruch Meir on October 25, 2007 at 8:05pm —
Bereishit - Chapter 22:11 & 12: And an angel of God called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham! Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." And he said, "Do not stretch forth your hand to the lad, nor do the slightest thing to him, for now I know that you are a God fearing man, and you did not withhold your son, your only one, from Me." Continue
The Ramban states: At the beginning Abraham's fear of G-d was latent; it had not become actualized through such a great deed. But now it was known in…
Added by Rav Mitterhoff on October 25, 2007 at 1:21am —
" Someone once saw Napolean crying, and asked him why he was crying. Napolean said that 'I looked up to Alexander the Great as a role model. Now people will look up to me as a role model. Since I'm not as good as Alexander the Great, there will be a lowering of standards of what a ruler can accomplish. ' "(Rabbi Simcha Zissel Brodie zt"l, as heard from my good friend, Barnea Selavan)
When G-d commanded Abraham to sacrifice Yitzchok, G-d said "please".… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on October 24, 2007 at 11:40pm —
As we gently but firmly displace our lower, materialistic desires, we make space for more Kedusah inside. The Golden Calf episode illustrated the profound error in opting for material "things" over spiritual pursuits. As a Tikkun, here are some easy ways to put that calf in it's place -- outside of us and far away:
TRY THIS: Continue
Added by Dovid Gross on October 23, 2007 at 2:09pm —
A BED THAT WAS DESIGNATED TO HOLD MONEY
Rav says that if you designate a bed for holding money, it's not Muktza until you started putting money on it. The designation alone doesn't make it Muktza, since we Paskin that designation without action doesn't affect the status of the object. But after it was already used for money, even if it doesn't have any money on it on Shabbos, it's Muktza. It's no longer has the…
Added by rav chaim on October 23, 2007 at 7:45am —
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on October 19, 2007 at 8:35am —
And Abram said, "0 Lord God, what will You give me, since I am going childless, and the steward of my household is Eliezer of Damascus?" (Bereishis 15:2)
The Gemara in Yoma explains:
Even Eliezer, the servant of Abraham, was an elder and a member of the scholars’ council, as it is said: "And Abraham said unto his servant, the elder of his house, that ruled over all he had" - Rebbi Eleazar explained that he had dominion over the Torah of his master. (It also states) "Eliezer of… Continue
Added by Rav Mitterhoff on October 19, 2007 at 5:10am —
The headlines over the past several days strongly suggest the world is heading for a difficult year. If you combine the tensions between people (yet more school shootings in the past weeks), the tensions between nations (Oct. 18 President Bush said a nuclear Iran would mean World War III), the unstoppable bacteria (MRSA) that casts yet another dark shadow over the world health scene, there's plenty to make us uneasy.
No one knows what's gonna be, but there is a course of action we can… Continue
Added by Dovid Gross on October 19, 2007 at 1:12am —
For entertainment purposes only.
We now know of the Code of Hammurabi, an Ancient Near Eastern law code. And it is useful for figuring out peshat
in various pesukim
. But what should we think of this law code? Is it good and moral? How does it rate against, e.g. Hurrian law, which seems to be much practiced by the avot and company?
Firstly, it is quite possible that the Torah makes mention of… Continue
Added by Rabbi Joshua Waxman on October 18, 2007 at 2:58pm —
"Our father made some food and took it to an old widow and had a Purim meal with her every year. And we just found out about it by chance" said Rabbi Yossie Friedman at the funeral of his father, Rabbi Ezra Friedman.
"And the people of Sodom were very wicked ..."(Biraishis 13:13) Rashi explains that they sinned with their bodies and money. In the book of Yechezkel (Ezekiel) 16:49, G-d says that the people of Sodom "had an abundance of bread...but did not… Continue
Added by Rabbi Chaim Flom on October 17, 2007 at 6:42am —
SEIF 6 (CONTINUED)
COVERING MUKTZA WITH A UTENSIL
One is allowed to cover an egg that was laid on Shabbos (and hence Muktza) with a utensil. We don't Paskin like R' Yosef (in the Gemara) that holds a utensil can't be moved to facilitate Muktza items. The Tosfos Shabbos quotes the Rambam that it's not comparable to having the egg fall into the utensil, though you also plan to leave the utensil covering the egg the whole Shabbos and not to move it. Since you have the ability to… Continue
Added by rav chaim on October 17, 2007 at 2:43am —
By Rabbi Yaacov Haber
The rainbow symbolizes peace because it demonstrates how so many can become one. It symbolizes curse because it shows how one can be divided into so many.
Noach and his family emerged from their ark and saw a rainbow.
The rainbow represented a covenant of peace between G-d and His world. The rainbow symbolized that G-d will not destroy the world again and Continue
that there will never be another flood like the one that occurred in
the time of…
Added by Yaacov Haber on October 15, 2007 at 9:18pm —
A Light in the Darkness of War Continue
A year has passed but First Lieutenant M. has not forgotten about
the activities of Migdal Ohr which had been discreetly
accomplished. With minor changes, we publish here for the first
time in English, Lieutenant M's written recording of his
"I remember the two weeks of near face-to-face combat, the
confused orders and insufficient combat gear, the intense hunger,
physical and emotional…
Added by Chaya Malka Abramson on October 15, 2007 at 1:33am —